Back when the Internet was new, dial-up was what drove our surfing. A new poll illustrates quite clearly that broadband is the new norm when it comes to Internet usage at home. The poll shows that 90 percent of homes that have web service use broadband and most are very satisfied with their service.
The phone poll took in the opinion of just over 1,300 people and one of the things the poll found was that only three-percent of respondents were not happy with their broadband service.
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Among those who were happy with their Internet connection, 65-percent said that they were very happy. That happiness probably comes from the fact that most companies are always working to make their broadband offerings faster thanks to stiff competition from a huge range of different providers. While the poll shows very good news for Internet providers in homes that have a computer, there are some disappointing findings when it comes to the American home in general.
The poll also found that in households with an annual income under $30,000, 41-percent of those homes did not have a computer. That is a stark contrast to homes that had an annual income of more than $50,000. Just three-percent of those homes did not include a computer.
"While higher-income households remain most likely to subscribe to a broadband service, computers in the home also increases with household income," Bruce Leichtman, president of the research firm Leichtman Research Group., said in a company statement. "Disparities in computer ownership are the true roots of the broadband divides in the U.S."
Another finding from the poll is that tablets are not replacing regular computers just yet. Only 0.6-percent of the people included in the poll said that they had a tablet computer and did not have a laptop or desktop.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman