Mapping Broadband and Understanding the Internet
John Horrigan will participate in a roundtable on “Mapping Broadband” at the National Telecommunications & Information Administration. This is part public outreach for the Commerce Department’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.
Generations Online in 2009
Over half of the adult internet population is between 18 and 44 years old. But larger percentages of older generations are online now than in the past, and they are doing more activities online.
Reasons people do not have home broadband
Our May 2008 survey asked dial-up users why they do not have a broadband connection at home and our December 2007 asked non-internet users about the reasons they do not use the internet. This table summarizes the results.
Stimulating Broadband: If Obama builds it, will they log on?
Investment in broadband has become part of the broader discussion about President Obama’s economic stimulus package. How easy will it be to increase the pool of broadband subscribers or to encourage existing ones to upgrade their connection speeds?
Is Home Broadband Adoption Slowing?
Our August 2008 survey shows that 57% of Americans have broadband at home, just a 3 percentage point increase since December 2007. Economic conditions may mean people are putting off the upgrade to broadband.
Degrees of Access (May 2008 data)
Three “thermometers” of access show the disparities among various groups when it comes to internet access, cell phone use, and broadband access at home.
Home Broadband 2008
Some 55% of all adult Americans now have a high-speed internet connection at home. The percentage of Americans with broadband at home has grown from 47% in early 2007.
State-by-State Internet Usage
New state-by-state internet usage figures, courtesy of the NTIA and US Census Bureau
Broadband Adoption: Patterns, Behaviors, and Implications
The speech discusses evolving online usage patterns. The drivers of changing usage patterns are the emergence of “always present” digital information access enabled by mobile wireless, to go with growth of “always on” home broadband connections.
Degrees of Access
New “thermometer” charts show degrees of access to the internet and cell phones among various demographic groups.