Americans view trouble in finding work or advancing one’s career as the most significant impediment facing those without broadband.
The share of Americans with broadband at home has plateaued: It now stands at 67%, down slightly from 70% in 2013. At the same time, more Americans rely only on their smartphones for online access.
The internet is a central resource for Americans looking for work, but a notable minority lack confidence in their digital job-seeking skills.
A new Pew Research Center analysis finds low-income households, especially black and Hispanic ones, make up a disproportionate share of the 5 million with school-age children that lack broadband access.
Nearly two-thirds (64%) of Americans own a smartphone, up from 35% in 2011. Today, 19% rely to some extent on a smartphone for internet access, but connectivity for these users is frequently tenuous.