The impacts of high-speed connections extend beyond access to information to active participation in the online commons.
The U.S. trails behind many countries in adopting broadband but narrowing the gap will be difficult.
A new joint report from the Pew Hispanic Center and the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that low levels of education and limited English ability largely explain the gap in internet use between Hispanics and non-Hispanics living in the U.S.
The number of Americans with fast internet connections at home has jumped from 60 million in March 2005 to 84 million in March 2006.
Many broadband users now say the internet is a main news source, surpassing even TV and papers, according to the Pew Internet Project.