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Demographic Group Internet Use 1 Use of Broadband at Home 6 Age Americans 65 and over 42% 30% 50-64 79% 61% Education Attainment high school diploma 69% 52% less than a high school diplomas 50% -- Disability Americans with disabilities 38% 2,4 -- Household Income less than $30,000 annual income 60% -- $20,000-$30,000 53% less than $20,000 annual income 35% Race/Ethnicity Latinos in the US 56% 5 -- Spanish-dominant Latinos in the US 32% 5 -- African Americans 67% 46% Community Type Rural 65% 46% US Digital Divide Statistics, 2009
Sources: World Development Report, 2006 and 2007. Computer Use (per 100 people) Internet Use (per 100 people) Developing Countries 2.5 2.6 Least Developed Countries 0.3 0.2 Arab States 2.1 1.6 East Asia and the Pacific 3.3 4.1 Latin America and the Caribbean 5.9 4.9 South Asia 0.8 0.6 Sub-Saharan Africa 1.2 0.8 Central & Eastern Europe & CIS 5.5 4.3 OECD 36.3 33.2 High-income OECD 43.7 40
The country needs to know where high-speed Internet service is available and where it isn't. And that is just the first step.
Next, consumers need to know the extent of broadband competition in their local area. They need to know the names of the carriers that offer broadband, the speeds they offer, and the prices they charge.
BroadbandCensus.com intends to fill this gap.
Broadband Data Improvement Act of 2008 (S. 1492)
Passed in the 110 th Congress and came into effect in 2008.
Requires the FCC to compile a list of geographical areas that are not served by any provider of advanced telecommunications services.
Mandates use of Census data to characterize each area by population, population density, and per capita income.
Requires FCC to publish international comparisons.