Pew: 70% of Adults Have Broadband Connection
by Karl Bode 04:14PM Monday Aug 26 2013 Tipped by FFH5
A new study
by the Pew Internet and American Life Project has found that 70% of U.S. adults over the age of eighteen now have a broadband connection at home, while 3% of adults still use dial-up to access the Internet. That 70% mark is up from 63% since April of 2012, though that's primarily thanks to smartphone adoption, not improved broadband expansion.
The class divide continues to be apparent in Pew's findings. The report notes that 90% of college graduates have broadband at home, and that 90% adoption metric is mirrored by homes that have an annual income of more than $75,000. In contrast, 37% of those without high school degrees have broadband, and 54% of households that make less than $30,000 annually have a broadband connection.
"We've consistently found that age, education, and household income are among the strongest factors associated with home broadband adoption," said Kathryn Zickuhr, Research Associate for the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and lead author of the report. "Many dial-up users cite cost and access as the main reasons they don’t have broadband, but for adults who don’t use the internet at all, a lack of interest is often the main issue."
Granted the class divide makes it clear that broadband cost remains an issue for broadband have nots as well. It's also worth noting that Pew's using 4 Mbps down and 1 Mbps upstream as the watermark for what they're calling "broadband," and there's many, many regions where getting anything faster remains a pipe dream. LTE services are also considered "broadband" by Pew even though their low usage caps and high overages can make them impractical for serious home use.
The study found that 10% of those polled do not have a broadband line at home but do own a smartphone. 46% of adults polled have both broadband at home and a smartphone, and 24% have just broadband at home.
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Not Just Broadband
quote:Not just broadband but just about everything. If you stay in school, study, get or create a good job and advance yourself you are going to succeed. If you decide to drop out of school at 16, get married and populate the planet, then your chances of getting broadband that "you" pay for are slim. Of course I will probably be tapped to pay for your Internet because it is your right along with food, housing and cell phones.
"We've consistently found that age, education, and household income are among the strongest factors associated with home broadband adoption,"
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Another study? Whoopee, Rube Goldberg and Santa Claus all rolled into one! Pew, like Forbes and the other money chasers, has its place. The problem is the data, who compiles it, and who writes about it. Chances are the real story looks something this:
Based on a broadband speed of 4/1, we at Foundation XYX found that 70% of U.S. homes in densely mid to large populated cities have some type of broadband that equals or exceeds this speed. Residents in smaller, less densely populated areas are not always as fortunate.
However, this is not the same as rural where 3% or more families still rely on dial-up access as nothing else is available, or what is available is cost prohibitive. And we also find 15% or more rural American families still struggle with slow broadband speeds of 1.5 or slower. We also found some families have no access to internet, phone, or cell phone from their home, as they fell outside of the Last Mile mandate, and the nearest cell tower antenna is out of reach.
This my friends is more truth than fiction. I live it.
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From Susan Crawford: Both the Pew study and the FCC label any connection of 4 Mbps for downloads and 1 Mbps for uploads as fast enough to be counted as broadband. Thats absurd.
Its also dangerous to call everything broadband because it allows us to pretend theres a vibrant marketplace for high-speed Internet access, with satellite duking it out with cable modem access, mobile wireless supplanting the need for a wire at home, and no need for oversight or a change in industrial policy.
Yes, you could say DSL, satellite, and mobile wireless are all high-speed broadband, but thats just like putting your local high-school football team in the same market as the New York Giants. Its all football, but the two dont and cant compete.