70% of Americans Have High-speed Internet

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The percentage of Americans with high-speed Internet connections at home has  reached 70 percent, while just three percent still use dial-up to go online, a  study showed Monday.

The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project said the  percentage of high-speed users represented a small but statistically significant  rise from the 66 percent of adults who said they had home broadband in April  2012.

The percentage using dial-up as of May 2013 has held steady at three percent  for the past two years, Pew found, but is down sharply from a peak of 41 percent  in 2001.

Overall, 85 percent of Americans use the Internet, the report said. Of those  who lack a high-speed connection at home, 10 percent have smartphones that can  access the Web.

As previous research has found, those with the highest rates of home  broadband use continue to be college graduates, adults under age 50, and adults  living in households earning at least $50,000 per year. Whites and adults living  in urban or suburban areas also had above-average rates.

“We’ve consistently found that age, education, and household income are among  the strongest factors associated with home broadband adoption,” said Kathryn  Zickuhr, research associate for Pew and lead author of the report.

“Many dial-up users cite cost and access as the main reasons they don’t have  broadband, but for adults who don’t use the Internet at all, a lack of interest  is often the main issue.”

The survey notes that more than half of all American adults own a smartphone,  but it did not determine whether this constitutes “broadband” speed.

“Broadband users can consume and create many types of content in ways that  dial-up users cannot, and our research has long shown major differences in these  two groups’ online behavior,” said Pew’s Aaron Smith, a co-author of the  report.

“Smartphones may offer an additional avenue for Internet access that  surpasses the dial-up experience in many ways, but those who rely on them for  home Internet use may face limitations that are not shared by those with  traditional broadband connections.”

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