“Using high-speed Internet at home is becoming mainstream, and black and moderate-income Americans are driving the trend, according to a survey released Sunday.
The share of adults using residential broadband was 2 in 5 this March, the Pew Internet and American Life Project reported.
The survey also found that posting material online and maintaining Web sites also grew in popularity in the last year, with 48 million people having shared content, mostly over high-speed connections.
“The early adoption phase of broadband to the home is behind us,” said John Horrigan, the report’s principal author. “People are becoming just more likely to do things online than they were a couple of years ago.”
The earliest home broadband users often had a “techno gearhead kind of profile,” Horrigan said. They were largely well-educated white men with above-average incomes and an interest in the latest technology.
As of March, 84 million adults had broadband at home, up from 60 million a year earlier, the survey found.
That 40 percent increase was double the growth rate of the previous year.
The change was most pronounced among black Americans, the survey found. The proportion of black adults with broadband at home more than doubled in the past year, from 14 percent to 31 percent.“
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