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Broadband and the public


Fergus Hanson


13 August 2010 08:43

Friends who visit me from overseas enjoy pointing out in feigned shock that, in Australia, we have to wait for YouTube clips to buffer! (For our foreign readers, yes it's true.)

But there is at least a political debate taking place about bringing our internet into the 21st century. In this context, a new poll out from Pew looking at Americans and their use of broadband is interesting. Among other things, it found:

Two-thirds of American adults (66%) now have a broadband internet connection at home, a figure that is little changed from the 63% with a high-speed home connection at a similar point in 2009.

By a 53%-41% margin, Americans say they do not believe that the spread of affordable broadband should be a major government priority. Contrary to what some might suspect, non-internet users are less likely than current users to say the government should place a high priority on the spread of high-speed connections.

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