Broadband's Cost Gives Non-Subscribers Pause, Poll Finds

Publication: The Washington Post

Author: Cecilia Kang


01/22/2009 - Even if high-speed Internet service was available to the entire nation, about one-third of Americans not currently using broadband still wouldn't because of the expense, according to a report released yesterday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

The report was based on two surveys of 4,254 people last year and illustrates a potential hang-up in President Obama's goal to bring broadband Internet to rural and other underserved areas: If they build it, it's not clear that people will come.

"There are multiple reasons why people don't have broadband, and the hope is that if you are a policymaker you would take away from this report that a focus on availability and price will only get you part of the way there," said John Horrigan, an associate director of research at the Pew project and author of the report.

Read the full article Broadband's Cost Gives Non-Subscribers Pause, Poll Finds on the Washington Post's Web site.

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