Report: 80 Percent On Broadband, 3 Percent Still Dialing Up

cablesAccording to new data out this morning from the Pew Research Center, 70 percent of American adults have “broadband” at home. (Broadband speeds aren’t defined in the report.) Three percent of US adults are still on dial-up.

There are a great many so-called broadband connections that are pretty slow. But that’s another discussion.

As with all things tech, more educated and affluent users are better connected than those with less education and income.

Broadband adoption

Interestingly, 10 percent of survey respondents have a smartphone but no broadband at home. According to the data:

  • 46 percent of Americans have both a home broadband connection and a smartphone
  • 24 percent have a home broadband connection, but not a smartphone
  • 10 percent have a smartphone, but not a home broadband connection

Demographics of broadband

There’s no discussion of the 10 percent who have smartphones but no broadband connection at home. My guess is that they would tend to be younger, less affluent users.

It will be interesting when more smartphone owners are on 4G networks and have faster mobile connections than their at-home Internet. That may impact user behavior in significant ways and shift more usage to mobile.

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Statistics: General | Statistics: Online Behavior


About The Author: is a Contributing Editor at Search Engine Land. He writes a personal blog Screenwerk, about SoLoMo issues and connecting the dots between online and offline. He also posts at Internet2Go, which is focused on the mobile Internet. Follow him @gsterling.

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  • Pat Grady

    “Three percent of US adults are still on dial-up.”
    NetScape Navigator?
    AOL Keyword: Sloth?
    Do dial up modems still make those funny noises when they connect?

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