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?
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.
Obama’s Online Opportunities
There is no shortage of suggestions to the incoming Obama administration about what to do about communications policy in the United States. The body of research from the Pew Internet Project, dating to 2000, indicates that online Americans might have…
Many Older Adults Remain Offline in an Online World
A New York Times article,That Digital Divide, Bridged in a Classroom, features our August 2008 data on computer usage, which tracks with our f…
Internet Access Among Older Adults
Pew Internet Project data is quoted in an AP story about how John McCain is not a frequent internet user, so I thought I’d highlight some sources for people who…
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.
Degrees of Access
New “thermometer” charts show degrees of access to the internet and cell phones among various demographic groups.
Information Searches That Solve Problems
There are several major findings in this report. One is this: For help with a variety of common problems, more people turn to the internet than consult experts or family members to provide information and resources.
How the Other Half Goes Online
How 19th century institutions are adapting to their cities’ 21st century needs.