Report Summary of the paper “Digital Nation: 21st Century America’s Progress toward
Universal Broadband Internet Access, by the U.S. Department of Commerce
The report samples 4,000 households and 129,000 citizens. It's central idea is that
although broadband internet has transformed the way Americans communicate,
for many citizens, broadband remains out of reach. The report, complete with
graph and pie charts, illustrates the gaps in internet access (which demographic
groups have it or don’t and why); where it tends to be more accessible, as well
why those who have access to it may chose not to use it.
The paper compares and analyzes demographics regarding broadband usage such as
income, ethnicity, Urban vs. rural, level of education, age, and marital status.
Those with no broadband access at home amount to more than 35% of all households
and approximately 40% of all persons.
Dial-up use peaked around 2000, involving 37% of all households and has plummeted
since. 53% of all households now have broadband access
18-24 years-old exhibited the greatest broadband use at home while seniors (55 years
or older) used broadband the least.
Usage by race and ethnicity: Asian non-Hispanics, led all groups in usage, ending with
Usage by employment status: 70% of employed persons have broadband access, 58.4%
unemployed and 47.4% not in he labor force.
In rural areas Black usage ranked (28.8 percent) vs their counterparts in urban areas
(47.8 percent respectively).
Overall 69.9% percent of urban households and 54.1% of rural households have broadband
This initial analysis of the 2009 survey results begins the process of developing a factual
basis for sound policy making to expand adoption of and access to the Internet.
This preview report is based on summary Current Population Survey (CPS) data provided
to NTIA by the Census Bureau.