Minorities Still Trail in Broadband Usage

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Minorities Still Trail in Broadband Usage


Byline: Joelle Tessler Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. still faces a significant gap in residential broadband use that breaks down along incomes, education levels and other socio-economic factors, even as subscriptions among American households overall grew sevenfold from 2001 to 2009.

What's more, even when controlling for key socio-economic characteristics, the U.S. continues to confront a racial gap in residential broadband use, with non-Hispanic white Americans and Asian-Americans more likely to go online using a high-speed connection than African-Americans and Hispanics.

Those are some of the conclusions of an analysis of census data released Monday by the Commerce Department.

It found the percentage of households that connect to the Internet using broadband grew to 63.5 percent in 2009 from 9.2 percent in 2001, reflecting increases across nearly all demographics.

The report -- prepared by the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Economics and Statistics Administration -- is based on a Census survey of about 54,000 households conducted in October 2009. …

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