Broadband: What's All the Fuss About?

  • October 17, 2007
  • By John B. Horrigan

Today, with nearly half of all Americans having high-speed internet connections at home, online interactivity means something different for a lot of Americans than it did when it was mainly about email. Many-to-many communication is now buttressed by many-to-many participation in the online world through user-created media.

Still, questions remain about the use of advanced communications networks. Among them: Why does access to a high-speed connection at home matter?

The fuss about broadband extends beyond access to information to active participation in the online commons as people with shared interests or problems gather at various online forums to chat or collaborate.

Read the full report Broadband: What's All the Fuss About? on the Pew Internet & American Life Project Web site.