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Obama admin report: More people getting Internet, but poor and minorities lagging

More people are using broadband Internet at home, but low-income families, minorities and seniors aren't adopting the service as quickly as others, according to the Obama administration.

The findings were in a report released Tuesday by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and come amid a push by the White House to bring high-speed Internet connections to all American homes.

According to the results of an NTIA survey, 64 percent of households have broadband access compared with 51 percent in October 2007.

Urban areas had higher adoption rates: In 2009, two-thirds of urban households and only 54 percent of rural households accessed broadband Internet service. That compared with 54 percent of urban households and 39 percent of rural households in 2007.

“While it is encouraging that Americans across virtually all demographic groups and geographic areas are using broadband at higher rates than ever before, a significant portion of the population is still not online," said Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling.

The NTIA said notable was that people with low incomes, seniors, minorities, the less-educated, non-family households and the unemployed tend to lag behind other groups in home broadband use.

And for those who aren't getting high-speed Web connections, the reasons come down to price, unavailability of service access, and a perception that getting on the Web just isn't worth the cost.

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 16, 2010; 10:55 AM ET
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This story fails to mention that among the reasons people are not getting broadband is that investors have been scared away by the threat of "network neutrality" regulation -- which the FCC itself is currently proposing!

Posted by: LBrettGlass | February 16, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Brett, you have zero f*cking evidence for what you've said. Name me one major ISP that reduced investment or mentioned the phrase "network neutrality" in their 4Q 2009 reports or press calls. Name one. Comcast is at 90% DOCSIS 3 deployments and will finish by mid year. In fact, the only areas of the country that don't have broadband are rural areas too expensive to serve, but by the same token would not be areas where content companies would pay for preferential treatment.

Folks, watch out for Brett. He is a pathological liar who runs a very horrible business that takes pride in ripping off his customers. He advertises 54Mbps service, but it often is slower than dial-up.

I know, I am a customer, and I caught him sniffing in my underwear drawer. Be afraid.

Posted by: AmyBandini | February 19, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

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