Seventy percent of U.S. has broadband, but access is still unequal

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sometimes, what looks like good news really isn’t. Pew just released survey results today showing that the percentage of Americans with home “high speed broadband” connections has ticked up from 66 to 70 since April 2012. Pew calls this a “small but statistically significant rise.” The report also shows that 32 percent of the people without home “high speed broadband” connections (or another 10 percent of Americans) have a smartphone.

The news of an overall rise in “high-speed broadband” adoption will likely be trumpeted by America’s giant communications companies and policymakers as the bright spot: “We’re not doing so badly!” But before we start celebrating, it’s a good idea to look closely at the results.

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