70% of American adults ages 18 and older have a high-speed broadband connection at home, according to a survey conducted by the PewResearchCenter’s Internet & American Life Project.
This data is valid since May 2013 and shows a for percent rise in the number of adults who said they had home broadband in April 2012.
According to the national survey, the demographic factors most correlated with home broadband adoption continue to be educational attainment, age, and household income. Almost nine in ten college graduates have high-speed internet at home, compared with just 37% of adults who have not completed high school. Similarly, adults under age 50 are more likely than older adults to have broadband at home, and those living in households earning at least $50,000 per year are more likely to have home broadband than those with a lower income.
The Census Bureau’s July 2011 Current Population Survey found that about 98% of U.S. households live in areas where they have access to broadband Internet connections as of July 2011, although only 69% of households used broadband at home.
According to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Economics and Statistics Administration, the proportion of Americans households with home broadband rose to 72% as of October 2012.
Data changed significantly during the last 4 years. If in April 2009, when asked what it would take for them to switch to a broadband connection, 35% of American adults said the price would have to fall, 17% said it would have to become available where they live, and one in five (20%) said nothing would get them to change, things show a change of heart.
Now, the survey found that only 3% of American adults go online at home via dial-up connections.
In May 2010, Pew Internet found that Americans generally feel that individuals who do not have broadband at home are at a major disadvantage when it comes to finding out about job opportunities or learning career skills, or when getting health information, learning new things for personal enrichment, and using government services. However, nearly half of adults felt that those without broadband access are not at a disadvantage when it comes to keeping up with news and information or keeping up with what is happening in one’s local community. Minority Americans were more likely to see a lack of broadband access as a major hindrance to accomplishing numerous tasks, while older adults (specifically those ages 65 and older) were less likely to see the drawbacks of a lack of high-speed access.