NTIA: Broadband Use Up, Gap Remains [Multichannel News]
The percentage of U.S. households with broadband Internet is now greater than two-thirds. Broadband usage jumped from 64% in 2010 to 68% this year, according to the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA).
The majority of broadband users are getting their service from cable. Roughly 32% use a cable modem compared to 23% who get broadband from a DSL connection.
The NTIA's study also examined the reasons people do not have broadband and actually found that only 24% cited cost as their main reason for not having broadband and 15% said lack of a computer was the reason. The top reason people chose not to have broadband was simply a lack of interest – the reason given by 47% of non-users.
It's notable that the NTIA report was released the same day that the FCC and cable providers announced the Connect To Compete program designed to increase broadband adoption. But the report highlights the simple fact that many people who do not have broadband simply don't want it.