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This article shares survey results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that, for the first time, more than half of all U.S. households contain a cellphone but not a landline, and that one-third of Americans live in households with three or more smartphones.
This report highlights results from the 2016 American Community Survey about computer and internet use in the United States. In addition to providing a snapshot of that use in a moment in time, the piece also compares how those data have changed over time.
This issue brief explains the ways in which states have used Covid-19 relief funds on expanding connectivity for digital learning, telehealth, public Wi-Fi, and residential infrastructure. The brief also offers three recommendations to improve service in residential broadband service in the long-term.
This letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen asks that American Rescue Plan-funded broadband projects contain higher standards for speeds and accountability, and recommends that states be given flexibility to set priorities based on local needs and use funds for planning and technical assistance projects.
An interview with Sherry Lichtenberg of the National Regulatory Research Institute about whether broadband should be regulated in the same manner as utilities. Lichtenberg describes how the internet was originally lightly regulated to promote competition and discusses the questions that need to be answered before future regulations can be proposed.
This fact sheet looks at the most successful statewide broadband programs and finds that they tend to contain the same three components: A state agency devoted to broadband, planning and technical assistance, and competitive grant programs.
An issue brief that examines how states are structuring their grant program funding, eligibility, and objectives. The piece looks at how the programs affect infrastructure deployment, with examples of strategies employed by states to increase broadband proliferation.
This interactive map resource allows the user to explore states’ broadband funding mechanisms, as well as other state resources such as broadband offices or agencies.
In this resource, Pew Research Center explores the patterns and trends of the mobile revolution, showing how the methods used to access the internet have changed since the early 2000s.
This fact sheet charts Pew Research Center’s documenting of internet growth and distribution since 2000. The graphs explore internet usage by adults and various demographics such as race, gender, and income; home broadband adoption; and smartphone dependency.
This resource shares results of a Pew Research Center survey exploring how broadband adoption and computer ownership vary by race and ethnicity in the U.S. It finds that Black and Hispanic adults in the United States remain less likely than White adults to say they own a traditional computer or have high-speed internet at home, but there are no racial and ethnic differences when it comes to other devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
Pew Research Center explores survey data about whether access to high-speed internet is a problem, breaking the data down by geography, income, age, race, and ethnicity of survey participants.
An article analyzing the digital divide between rural, urban, and suburban America, showing that rural adults remain less likely than suburban adults to have home broadband and less likely than urban adults to own a smartphone, tablet computer or traditional computer. The author puts forth potential reasons for these findings.
Pew Research Center explores survey data about how smartphone ownership and home broadband subscriptions have increased among American adults since 2019. The survey also shows that some have problems connecting to the internet at home, some are smartphone-dependent, and some without home broadband have no interest in having home broadband in the future.
This resource links to press releases and statements from Pew writers applauding the 2021 bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, focusing on its investments in expanding broadband access in underserved areas, wildlife and public lands, and the aftermath of floods and other natural disasters.
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