58% of US dial-up users say broadband is available in their area

Availability of home high-speed service is one likely reason for the rural gap in home broadband adoption. Pew's February 2004 survey asked respondents with dial-up service at home whether broadband service is available where they live.

Availability of home high-speed service is one likely reason for the rural gap in home broadband adoption. Pew's February 2004 survey asked respondents with dial-up service at home whether broadband service is available where they live. Among all dial-up users, 58% said broadband was available, 15% said it was not, and 26% didn't know. For rural dial-up users, 38% said it was available, 27% said it was not, and 35% didn't know.

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These self-reported numbers are not without problems. Asking people whether the infrastructure in their neighborhood supports a particular service may be hard for some people to answer. They may not know