68 percent of households have broadband

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: Broadband, Networking, Telcos

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  • We'd have it if we could get it!

    most of the people out our way fall in the $100k range or thereabouts, but we're rural so we can't get it. Our education also falls somewhere between high school graduate and college, but few of us have degrees. So I take issue with the data, because it always looks like it's mostly due to education or income. I really want to make it clear that this is at least as much about location as anything!
  • Define Broadband.....

    I'm sure the definition of broadband on this statistic would make most countries fall over with laughter at what speed the USA rates as "Broadband"...

    Gotta love a whopping 1.5mb/s to qualify as broadband.
    Ron Burgundy
    • RE: 68 percent of households have broadband

      @Ron Burgundy

      According to the report: "The FCC last July set a benchmark of 4 Mbps actual speed downstream and 1 Mbps upstream to support these applications. NTIA collected data in ranges between 3 ? 6 Mbps and 6 ? 10 Mbps maximum advertised download speeds, which are the closest measurements to the speed benchmark for broadband that the FCC set."

      While I would agree that the old term of "high speed internet access" means low level DSL, that's not what the current definition of broadband is. Considering the slowest speed offered by the Hong Kong Broadband network is 25 Mbps, yeah, the US has a lot of catching up to do, which isn't going to happen so long as a handful of internet providers collude to keep prices high and service levels low.
      • RE: 68 percent of households have broadband

        @dragontiger Isn't it amazing how the places like Hong Kong where population densities are nine or ten times what they are in the U.S. are completely free of the collusion that prevents the development of high-speed trains and high-speed Internet? I wonder how they do that.
        Robert Hahn
      • RE: 68 percent of households have broadband

        I agree US is slow in upgrading the speeds that a consumer could get.

        A study by Akamai, South Korea brandband average was 17Mbps, you can get 1Gb is most homes for under $40 dollars a month. Last check of a friend in South Korea was getting around 940Mbps at night.
      • RE: 68 percent of households have broadband

        "Considering the slowest speed offered by the Hong Kong Broadband network is 25 Mbps"
        Sweet Mother!! And here we are are...stuck out in the boonies, juggling between dial-up and Satellite! Lol AT&T is the line provider here and people 3 miles away have DSl but not us, because apparently there's "not enough potential customers 3 miles over to warrent it". Oh the HUMANITY!! Lol
        I'm moving to Hong Kong.
  • RE: 68 percent of households have broadband

    I would be interested to know what kind of access the remaining 32% have with a breakdown for dialup vs no access at all. <br><br>And I am pretty sure dialup disappeared here in Japan several years ago. You can ONLY access the internet via broadband. Come on, America!
    • RE: 68 percent of households have broadband

      @tora201 Yep I'll say it.

      Ron Burgundy
  • RE: 68 percent of households have broadband

    Even worse.......<br>They want to throttle and limit<br> the "Broadband" we do have..........
    • Yes


      What is the use of all that bandwidth if you are capped at an absurdly small monthly maximum.

      Canada is a glimpse of our future.
  • It's comparing apples and oranges

    Part of the equation is the people, but another part is the simple economics of geography. Some countries have to lay miles of cable to connect a few people, other countries have to lay many miles of cable (even fibre optics) for every mile of geography because of population density. The economics of laying miles of cable to support a couple of users is simply not supportable for average users.

    Here are some selected examples of relative population density:
    Country 2008 Pop Kand area kmsq Pop Density
    Australia 20,601,000 7,686,850 2.7
    Canada 33,213,000 9,976,140 3.3
    France 62,100,000 547,030 113.5
    Germany 82,370,000 357,021 230.7
    GB NIreland 60,944,000 244,820 248.9
    Hong Kong 7,019,000 1,092 6427.7
    India 1,147,996,000 3,287,590 349.2
    Israel 7,112,000 20,770 342.4
    Japan 127,288,000 377,835 336.9
    Jersey 91,500 116 788.8
    Macau 460,800 25 18432.0
    Monaco 32,800 2 16400.0
    Netherlands 16,645,000 41,526 400.8
    Russia 140,702,000 17,075,200 8.2
    Sweden 9,045,000 449,964 20.1
    Taiwan 22,921,000 35,980 637.0
    Tuvalu 12,200 26 469.2
    USA 303,825,000 9,629,091 31.6
    WORLD 6679676248 510,072,000 13.1
  • well that sucks

    all that effort to align my table and you stripped it down... ouch