Monday September 10, 2018

Many Rural Americans Lack Access to High Speed Internet in Their Area

In a new Pew Research Center survey, 24% of rural Americans complained of not having access to broadband internet and consider it to be a major issue in their area. Another 34% think that not having access to high-speed internet in their area is only a minor problem; which means that 58% of rural Americans seek some form of broadband internet in their area. These citizens also tend to buy less smartphones, but the survey doesn't say if broadband internet is available on the cellular networks in those rural areas.

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Concerns about access to high-speed internet are shared by rural residents from various economic backgrounds. For example, 20% of rural adults whose household income is less than $30,000 a year say access to high speed internet is a major problem, but so do 23% of rural residents living in households earning $75,000 or more annually. These sentiments are also similar between rural adults who have a bachelor's or advanced degree and those with lower levels of educational attainment.