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New Report: Why It Will Be Hard to Close the Digital Divide

22 August, 2007
By Allison Orr

The Pew Internet and American Life Project has released a new report on broadband use in the US and how it is related to social demographics.  It looks at the results of the OECD figures for broadband, questioning why the US always comes in the middle.

The report finds that 47% of Americans have broadband at home, but that those who stay with dial-up do so because of access, or difficulties with the technology. 

Those who have no Internet connection at all are disproportionately old (the average age is 59) and poor (having annual incomes under $20,000), pointing to a continuing digital divide that affects Internet use in the US.

See the full report: Why It Will Be Hard to Close the Broadband Divide

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