Bruce P. Mehlman
The Internet Innovation Alliance is a broad-based coalition of business and non-profit organizations that aim to ensure every American, regardless of race, income or geography, has access to the critical tool that is broadband Internet. The IIA seeks to promote public policies that support equal opportunity for universal broadband availability and adoption so that everyone, everywhere can seize the benefits of the Internet - from education to health care, employment to community building, civic engagement and beyond.
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Most wireless laptop users go online from multiple locations
Laptop owners utilize the portable nature and wireless capabilities of these devices to go online from a range of locations. Among those who use their laptop to go online wirelessly (using either a wi-fi or mobile broadband card) 86% do so at home, 37% do so at work, and 54% do so someplace other than home or work. Six in ten wireless laptop users (61%) go online from more than one of these locations, with two in five (20%) using their laptop to access to internet from all three locations (home, work and somewhere else).
Nearly as many Americans now own laptops as own desktops, and just under half of all adults use a laptop to go online wirelessly.
As of May 2010, 55% of all American adults own a laptop computer. 62% of American adults now own a desktop computer. More than eight in ten laptop owners (84%) use wi-fi to go online, and one-quarter (23%) do so using mobile wireless broadband. There is some overlap between these two technologies, as around one in five laptop owners (22%) use both wi-fi and mobile wireless broadband to go online.
Six in ten Americans go online wirelessly using a laptop or cell phone
As of May 2010, 59% of all adult Americans go online wirelessly, using a laptop or cell phone— an increase over the 51% of Americans who did so at a similar point in 2009.
During a survey conducted by Forrester research of 2,001 employees, managers are the most likely (50%) to get a notebook or smartphone (20%). Manufacturing and retail employees are the least likely to be issued a laptop or smartphone (less than 20% and 10%, respectively).
61% of those between the ages of 18 and 29 have laptops and 55% have used it to connect to the internet on a wireless network.
68% of college graduates have laptops and 58% have used a laptop to connect using a wireless network.
Among the 78% of adults who have a desktop computer or a laptop computer, 6% don’t use the internet.
By 59% to 45% margin, white Americans are more likely to go online using a computer on a typical day than African Americans – when mobile devices are included in the mix, the gap is cut in half.
61% of whites go online on the average day, when mobile access is included while 54% of African Americans do.
Laptop and mobile wireless account for the vast majority of wireless access, as 51% of Americans have gotten online using either of these two methods.