While the number of Americans who go online has increased substantially over the years, about one-in-five adults still do not use the internet. About half of non-users don’t go online because they don’t think the internet is relevant to them.
Latinos and Digital Technology
Latinos are less likely than whites to access the internet, have a home broadband connection or own a cell phone. However, Hispanics and whites with similar socioeconomic characteristics have similar usage patterns for these technologies.
Broadband 2010: A Big Slowdown
Broadband adoption slowed dramatically in 2010 across a range of demographic groups with African Americans a major exception. But 53% of Americans don’t place a high priority on government efforts to spread high-speed access.
Internet User Profiles Reloaded
A new look at internet users finds 74% of Americans online, 60% using broadband at home and 55% surfing the Web wirelessly.
Home Broadband Adoption 2009
Strong growth among senior citizens and rural residents has pushed the number of Americans with high-speed internet connections to 63%, up from 55% in 2008. But African Americans experienced their second consecutive year of below-average broadband adoption growth.
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; Pew Internet Project surveys suggest that expanding access may take longer than some advocates anticipate.
Obama’s Online Opportunities
For a host of reasons, the new administration needs to develop a national broadband strategy but research suggests that users must be central actors in its design.
Home Broadband Adoption 2008
Even as many broadband users opt for premium services, access stalls among low-income Americans
Fast, Mobile Internet Access Adds to Privacy Problems
Many Americans are jumping into the participatory Web without considering all the privacy implications.
Why We Don’t Know Enough About Broadband in the U.S.
Many key questions about the information society require fine-grained, publicly available data about broadband deployment and use at the local level — but government agencies need more help in gathering it.