68 percent of households have broadband

Summary:More than 68 percent of Americans have high-speed broadband access, according to a government report. However, that percentage fluctuates based on education, race, family and location.

More than 68 percent of Americans have high-speed broadband access, according to a report from the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration. However, that percentage fluctuates based on education and location.

The stats come as the NTIA released its national broadband map, a searchable database of Internet connectivity by location. The Digital Nation report has a few key factoids to consider:

  • People with college degrees adopt broadband at triple the rates of those with some high school education (84 percent vs. 30 percent.
  • Whites (68 percent) and Asians (69 percent) have a higher broadband rate relative to black non-Hispanics (50 percent) and Hispanics (45 percent).
  • 60 percent of rural America has broadband vs. 70 percent for urban areas.
  • Income is also a factor.

Married couples with children have the highest rate of broadband adoption.

Topics: Networking, Telcos


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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