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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.
joined:Dec 10, 2005
I'm with Demaestro and think that dial-up users are closer to 10%, if that.
would bet those on dialup ... are not going to be big online shoppers
joined:Apr 25, 2002
but the local (inept) telephone company finally rolled out DSL without notifying anyone that it was available.
I don't think a 256kpbs connection should be allowed to be sold as "high speed" or "broadband"
I would imagine that a high proportion of the non-broadband users don't use the Internet at all.
a while since I've seen a dialup connection in western and northern Europe
People are slow to change and when money is tight they don't want a bigger bill.
was a given a grant
not going to be big online shoppers
Most people that are tech savvy live in larger cities.
After reading buck's post I wonder..... Has anyone spent the time to create a "light" site for dial-up users? You could do a test in JS and a redirect based on connection type.
According to one of my popular site, only 1.3% people used dial-up to access the site.