U.S. Broadband Growth Bypasses Poor, African-Americans

Broadband adoption stalled for poorer families and African-Americans in the last year, even as the overall proportion of U.S. households with high-speed Internet connections grew to more than half.

Adoption for African-Americans was virtually unchanged in the last year, rising from 40% to 43%. And with overall broadband growth flat from the last quarter of 2007 to the first quarter of 2008, Horrigan suggested that it may reflect the economic pinch now being felt more widely.

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