Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 8:03am
STUDY: BROADBAND GROWTH SLOWING IN US
[SOURCE: Associated Press, AUTHOR: Anick Jesdanun]
The rate of broadband adoption is slowing in the United States, partly because service providers already have grabbed the easiest converts, a study has found. Price reductions and other factors led to 40 percent growth in adoption from March 2005 to March 2006. Over the following year, growth was a more modest 12 percent, the Pew Internet and American Life Project said in a report Tuesday. "The low-hanging fruit was picked ... so you saw a slowdown understandably going to 2007," said John Horrigan, Pew's associate director for research. "You're left with people who are less-intense Internet users. They are likely to be users who aren't processing a lot of bits per month. They don't have the demand for high speed." Horrigan, however, said many of the Internet users on dial-up simply can't get high-speed service, particularly in rural areas. About 31 percent of rural Americans have broadband at home, compared with 47 percent for the general population.
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