Broadband in 79% of U.S. Homes, 95% of Internet Homes

Oct. 24, 2014
According to Leichtman Research Group, 79% of U.S. households get a broadband Internet service at home, an increase from 20% in ...
According to Leichtman Research Group, 79% of U.S. households get a broadband Internet service at home, an increase from 20% in 2004. Broadband now accounts for 95% of all households with Internet service at home, an increase from 94% last year, 89% in 2009, and 33% in 2004.

The mean reported time spent online at home per day is 2.8 hours among all individuals online at home, up from 2.2 hours per day in 2009. Among those online, ages 18-34 spend an average of 3.3 hours per day online at home, compared to 2.8 hours per day among those ages 35-54, and 2.1 hours per day among ages 55 and older. For the first time ever in this study, the 18-34 age group overall reports spending more time per day online at home than time spent watching TV.

Other related findings include:

  • 84% of households get an Internet service at home, similar to recent years.
  • 63% of adults access the Internet on a smartphone, up from 44% in 2012.
  • 59% get Internet service at home and on a smartphone, up from 42% in 2012.
  • 24% of all not online at home access the Internet on a smartphone, compared to 19% last year and 12% in 2012.
  • 2% of households that paid to subscribe to Internet service at home in the past year, do not currently subscribe and do not plan to subscribe again in the next six months.
  • 41% of households with annual incomes less than $30,000 do not use a laptop or desktop computer at home, compared to 9% with incomes greater than $30,000.
  • 2% of all households have an iPad or tablet, but do not use a desktop or laptop computer.
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