Most of us take broadband Internet availability for granted. But a new government survey in USA paints a different picture of the nation.
In a survey of more than 100,000 people in more than 50,000 households across the U.S., 40 percent reported no broadband or high-speed access to the Internet, while 30 percent said they have no Internet access at all.
Sponsored by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and conducted by the Census Bureau, the survey found that most of those interviewed said they either don’t need broadband or find it too expensive. Some said they have no computer, but many of those in rural areas reported that broadband is simply not available.
The report was compiled from data collected in October of last year through a special Internet Use Supplement, part of the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. This marked the eighth Internet survey sponsored by the NTIA since the early 1990s. Information was collected from about 54,000 households and 129,000 citizens.
The NTIA said the U.S. Department of Commerce will offer a more detailed analysis of U.S. Internet access later this year as more data becomes available.