Pew on Home Broadband

Just before the holidays, Pew released a new report on home broadband adoption in 2015. The full report is available at Pew’s website, but here a few highlights from the findings:

• 67% of Americans have broadband at home, which is actually down from the 70% reported in 2013.

• 15% of Americans now describe themselves as “cord cutters,” relying on broadband for television rather than cable/satellite.

• 13% of Americans are smartphone-only, meaning they rely on a mobile device for Internet access.

One other finding from the Pew report, one that shows the value of encouraging investment in broadband networks: 69% of Americans believe not having broadband is a “major disadvantage.” That number is 13% higher than in 2010.