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Facts tagged with Digital Divide

Adoption Rates Less In Spanish Speaking Hispanics Than In English Speaking Hispanics

A January 2010 study by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies found that while 47 percent Hispanic respondents had broadband at home, only 21 percent of Spanish speaking Hispanics had the service.

Research Area: Digital Divide

Tags: digital divide, broadband, adoption, growth, joint center for political and economic studies

Shapiro, Robert and Kevin Hassett. “A New Analysis of Broadband Adoption Rates by Minority Households.” Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. Washington D.C. June 22, 2010.

Adoption by African-Americans Showed No Significant Growth

Adoption by African-Americans showed no significant growth and the gap between African- Americans and whites widened in both 2008 and 2009.

Research Area: Digital Divide

Tags: digital divide, broadband, adoption, growth, african americans

Shapiro, Robert and Kevin Hassett. “A New Analysis of Broadband Adoption Rates by Minority Households.” Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. Washington D.C. June 22, 2010.

Broadband Adoption by African-American Households and English-Speaking Hispanics Increased From 2005 To 2007

Pew found that from 2005 to 2007, broadband adoption by African-American households nearly tripled, and the gap between whites and English-speaking Hispanics nearly closed.

Research Area: Digital Divide

Tags: digital divide, broadband, adoption, growth, pew foundation

Shapiro, Robert and Kevin Hassett. “A New Analysis of Broadband Adoption Rates by Minority Households.” Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. Washington D.C. June 22, 2010.

Digital Divide Has Been Present for Years

In 2000, the Pew Foundation reported that 36 percent of African-American households and 44 percent of English-speaking Hispanic households were connected to the Internet, compared to 50 percent of whites.

Research Area: Digital Divide

Tags: digital divide, broadband, adoption, pew foundation

Shapiro, Robert and Kevin Hassett. “A New Analysis of Broadband Adoption Rates by Minority Households.” Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. Washington D.C. June 22, 2010.

Digital Divide between White and Minority Households Exists

According to the Pew Center and other sources, in 2009, 68 percent of white households had broadband service, compared to 46 percent of African-American households and 48 percent of Hispanic households.

Research Area: Digital Divide

Tags: digital divide, broadband, adoption, growth, hispanics, african-americans, pew center

Shapiro, Robert and Kevin Hassett. “A New Analysis of Broadband Adoption Rates by Minority Households.” Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. Washington D.C. June 22, 2010.

Race and Income Have a Significant Impact on Adoption Rates

While access to broadband Internet by minority and lower-income American households has progressed steadily, significant gaps in adoption linked to race and income remain.

Research Area: Digital Divide

Tags: digital divide, broadband, adoption, minorities

Shapiro, Robert and Kevin Hassett. “A New Analysis of Broadband Adoption Rates by Minority Households.” Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. Washington D.C. June 22, 2010.

Users with household incomes below the poverty guidelines had higher odds of using library computers to do homework.

Users with household incomes below the poverty guidelines had higher odds of using library computers to do homework.

Research Area: Digital Divide

Tags: broadband access, digital divide, education, poverty, benefits, computers, public libraries, homework

Becker, Samantha, Michael D. Crandall, Karen E. Fisher, Bo Kinney,Carol Landry, and Anita Rocha. (2010). Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries. (IMLS-2010-RES-01). Institute of Museum and Library Services.Washington, D.C.

44 percent of people in households living below the federal poverty line used public library computers and Internet access.

Overall, 44 percent of people in households living below the federal poverty line ($22,000 a year for a family of four) used public library computers and Internet access. Among young adults (14–24 years of age) in households below the federal poverty line, 61 percent used public library computers and Internet for educational purposes.  Among seniors (65 and older) living in poverty, 54 percent used public library computers for health or wellness needs.

Research Area: Digital Divide

Tags: digital divide, education, poverty, access, health, library, public library, seniors, wellness

Becker, Samantha, Michael D. Crandall, Karen E. Fisher, Bo Kinney,Carol Landry, and Anita Rocha. (2010). Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries. (IMLS-2010-RES-01). Institute of Museum and Library Services.Washington, D.C.

About one-third of the population…have elected not to connect to broadband

According to the FCC, about one-third of the population, 93 million people, have elected not to connect to broadband.

Research Area:

Tags: digital divide, fcc. adoption

Brian Stelter & Jenna Wortham, “F.C.C. Takes a Close Look at the Unwired.” New York Times, February 22, 2010.

Broadband adoption is at 64% of households

According to the Census Bureau, broadband adoption is at 64% of households, up from 51% in 2007.

Research Area: Broadband AdoptionNational Broadband Plan

Tags: digital divide, adoption, growth, census bureau

John Eggerton, “NTIA: Almost a Third of U.S. Does Not Use Internet.” Broadcasting & Cable, February 16, 2010.
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