Growth in Faster Internet Surprises

Publication: Baltimore Sun

Author: Mike Himowitz

07/03/2008 - With a miserable economy - and a gut feeling that nearly everyone who really wants high-speed Internet access and can afford it probably has it by now - I would have predicted slow growth or none at all this year in that market.

Not so. Some 55 percent of Americans had broadband service at home in April this year, compared with 47 percent the year before and less than 35 percent in 2005. Only 10 percent of Americans still use dial-up Internet service at home.

The figures are to be reported today by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

They show that high-speed Internet service is rapidly becoming just another utility - maybe not as necessary as electricity, natural gas or a land phone line, but certainly in the same category as cable TV or a cell phone.

Read the full article Growth in Faster Internet Surprises on the Baltimore Sun's Web site.

Read the report Home Broadband 2008 on the Pew Internet & American Life Project Web site.

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