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Broadband Growth Not So Bad

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WASHINGTON, June 22, 2009 – Last week the Pew Internet & American Life Project released its eagerly-awaited report about broadband penetration. To nearly everyone’s surprise, in light of the current recession, the percentage of homes with access to high-speed internet access continued to rise.

The survey, conducted by Pew in April, found that 63 percent of adult Americans now have broadband internet connections at home, a 15 percent increase over the year previous, in which was 55 percent of adult Americans.

“Broadband adoption appears to have been largely immune to the effects of the current economic recession,” said John Horrigan, Associate Director of Research, in the report. “In the April survey, more than twice as many respondents said they had cut back or cancelled a cell phone plan or cable TV service than said the same about their internet service.”


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Drew Clark is the Editor and Publisher of and President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress. His telecommunications-focused law firm, Drew Clark PLLC, works with cities, rural communities and state economic development entities to promote the benefits of internet connectivity. The articles and posts on and affiliated social media, including the BroadbandCensus Twitter feed are not legal advice or legal services, do not constitute the creation of an attorney-client privilege, and represent the views of their respective authors.

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