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Broadband Adoption and Use in America

Broadband Adoption and Use in America

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Another access pathway for people is mobile wireless broad-
band service on a laptop. The survey asked laptop users the
following question to probe mobile broadband use:
“Do you use a service with your laptop computer that is
called wireless broadband, allowing you to access the Internet
virtually anywhere? This is usually a service that you have to
pay a monthly fee for, either by itself or as part of another com-
munications bill. This is NOT what is called Wi-Fi.”
This access pathway appears at only modest levels in the
general population. Among laptop users (52 percent of all
adults), 28 percent said they used wireless broadband. As a per-
centage of the entire adult population, this comes to 15 percent
who use wireless broadband.
African-Americans and Hispanics who have laptops were
more likely than average to say they use such a service. Looking
at the racial breakdown:

➤ Among African-Americans with laptops, 36 percent re-
port using a mobile broadband service.

➤ Among Hispanics with laptops, 30 percent report using a
mobile broadband service.

➤ Among whites with laptops, 26 percent report using a
mobile broadband service.

The context for these findings is important. First, these
figures apply to respondents with laptop computers—devices
that Hispanics and African-Americans are less likely to have.
(Some 54 percent of whites have a laptop, while 44 percent of

Exhibit 15:
By Race, Mobile and
Home Internet Use

(% of mobile Internet users)

Internet at home

Broadband at home

White

94

89

African-American

92

78

Hispanic

78

68

Total

91

84

Number of cases

3,455

2,671

Source: Federal Communications Commission survey of 5,005 adult Americans, October-November 2009.

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African-Americans and 43 percent of Hispanics do.) As a share
of the entire population of each of these groups, mobile broad-
band use unfolds as follows:

➤ Among all African-Americans, 16 percent say they use a
mobile broadband service.

➤ Among all whites, 14 percent say they use a mobile broad-
band service.

➤ Among all Hispanics, 13 percent say they use a mobile
broadband service.

Second, as noted, mobile broadband users are overwhelming-
ly home broadband users; 94 percent of all mobile broadband
users have broadband at home, figures that are only modestly
lower for African-Americans (91 percent) and Hispanics (84
percent). Although some may be using their mobile broadband
connection as their principle home access means, those saying
they use mobile broadband were as likely as the average to say
they use DSL, cable modem service and other wireline means
such as fiber. As with mobile Internet use, mobile broadband is
mainly a supplementary broadband access pathway.

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