Broadband’s Impact  on Citizen Engagement Susannah Fox FCC: The State of Broadband Adoption and Utilization August 19, 2009
Trends in broadband adoption at home
Broadband in the community:  How important is high-speed for … 55% of broadband users cite at least one as “very important...
3% 13% Usability (difficult + waste of time + too old + physically unable) 4% 17% Availability 5% 19% Price   (price must ...
Conclusion <ul><li>Broadband adoption is up, especially for  older Americans ,  lower income  groups, and in  rural  areas...
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Fox FCC Broadband Aug09

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Broadband adoption is up, especially for older Americans, lower income groups, and in rural areas. Broadband users value their increased access to health and medical information, civic life, and economic opportunities.

Non-users most often cite factors relating to relevance of the internet to their lives as reasons for non-adoption. Price and availability are lesser issues when it comes to broadband adoption.

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Fox FCC Broadband Aug09

  1. 1. Broadband’s Impact on Citizen Engagement Susannah Fox FCC: The State of Broadband Adoption and Utilization August 19, 2009
  2. 2. Trends in broadband adoption at home
  3. 3. Broadband in the community: How important is high-speed for … 55% of broadband users cite at least one as “very important” 19% 14% 31% 34% Communicating with health care or medical providers 23 17 31 26 Communicating with government officials 22 20 35 23 Sharing your views with others about key issues 18 17 36 26 Contributing to economic growth 16 15 37 31 Finding out what is going on in your community Not important at all Not too important Somewhat important Very Important Asked of home broadband users
  4. 4. 3% 13% Usability (difficult + waste of time + too old + physically unable) 4% 17% Availability 5% 19% Price (price must fall + too expensive + no computer) 13% 50% Relevance (not interested in getting online + nothing could get me to switch + too busy + other unspecified reasons) % of all adults % of dial-up + non-online users Summary of reasons dial-up and non-internet users cite for not having broadband at home
  5. 5. Conclusion <ul><li>Broadband adoption is up, especially for older Americans , lower income groups, and in rural areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Broadband users value their increased access to health and medical information, civic life, and economic opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>Non-users most often cite factors relating to relevance of the internet to their lives as reasons for non-adoption. </li></ul><ul><li>Price and availability are lesser issues when it comes to broadband adoption. </li></ul>

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