Bruce P. Mehlman
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According to a recent report by the Pew Internet & American Life project (“Pew”), 63 percent of homes had adopted broadband by April 2009, up from 55 percent in April 2008 and 42 percent in March 2006.
Another reason the portion of over-the-air only households likely underestimates the portion of value created by over-the-air broadcasts is that some portion of households—14% by one estimate—with subscription video services nevertheless view some of their video programming from over-the-air reception.
Approximately 10 million households rely exclusively on over-the-air broadcasts and 104 million households receive some or all of their video programming from a subscription service.
70 percent of urban households and 67 percent of rural households had adopted broadband as of 2008.
83 percent of college graduate households have broadband at home, with only 38 percent of households without a high school diploma having it.
84 percent of households ages 18 to 24 are connected to broadband at home, with only 43 percent of senior households connected.
Although it is difficult to develop a precise and accurate count, approximately 9-10 million households lack access to broadband services.
Of these 9-10 million households, the bulk is in rural communities. All told, “perhaps a third of rural households” lack broadband access.
Approximately 9-10 million households, typically in rural communities, lack access to broadband services.