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One-third of the country (or 93 million Americans) don't have high-speed Internet access at home, according to a new consumer survey released Tuesday (Feb. 23) by the Federal Communications Commission. The report, Broadband Adoption and Use in America, comes about a month before the Commission is due to release its national broadband plan to speed up broadband access to Americans.
Broadband adoption by African Americans, Hispanics, lower-income households, the disabled and senior citizens, trail the national average. About 59 percent of African Americans have broadband at home, 49 percent of Hispanics, 42 percent of the disabled and 35 percent of senior citizens.
65% of adults are broadband adopters. It then divides users who havenít got broadband into four groups. The Digitally Distant make up 10% of the general population; this is the group that simply doesnít want to be online. The Digital Hopefuls make up 8% of the population; theyíd like to be online but lack resources to do so; many donít have a computer and/or donít know how to use one, and cost of computer and broadband connection is also a big barrier.