Many Without Broadband Just Don't Want It

Many Without Broadband Just Don't Want It

President Barack Obama may want to bring broadband service to every community in the nation, but it the Pew Internet & American Life Project released survey results this week that indicate that may not be enough to get some to use it.

Some might say, "Well, so what? If people want it, they want it. If they don't, they don't. No one has to use it." But, Pew says, there are indications that Obama would attempt to use at least part of the economic stimulus to achieve these goals.



The survey showed that about a quarter of American adults don't use the Internet. Of those adults, fully a third told Pew they're just not interested. Period. Those don't include those who don't have access (13 percent of those not online), those who say it's too expensive (7 percent), those who are too busy (7 percent) or those who feel they are too old to learn or are physically unable (3 percent apiece).

Obama's plan might address issues of accessibility and cost, and potentially even other issues such as disability, though details have yet to emerge.

Now, granted, that third of non-users who don't want to go online only account for 8.3 percent of all adults. But then add in another 1.7 percent of dial-up users who say you couldn't get them to switch for any reason and you have fully 10 percent of all adults who say they have no interest in getting broadband to get online.

An earlier survey by Pew found that 29 percent of broadband users already pay a premium for speeds faster than the standard package. The rest take what's advertised (or, Pew points out, don't know they're paying extra for the faster speed). But many would be happy to adopt even faster speeds if available.

So what does that mean for Obama's plan?

To be sure, targeted efforts to address infrastructure gaps and cost barriers could, within a few years, boost broadband adoption by as much as 10 percentage points. ... However, one-in-five Americans currently don’t have broadband for reasons that won’t be addressed by price cuts or a fiber node in the neighborhood. It will take time to get them up and running on broadband -- probably longer than the impacts of the stimulus package are intended to last.

And so, Pew's survey concludes, more people will adopt broadband if it's offered, and many will latch onto high-speed broadband the second they can. But it's not going to happen fast enough or comprehensively enough to get the full benefits from Obama's economic stimulus package.
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Because they don't know. My mom never cared about it untill she stayed with me for a week. Always complained about the price. Now she has DSL and Vonage paying less than she was before for internet and phone.

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I agree with Bob. Once you experience broadband you will never go back to dial-suck.

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Or the biggest one, and why my mom did get it for the longest time. Why pay for more speed when you can use the internet at work?

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Some people might say dial-up and broadband are the same thing...but they're not. I used to have dial-up a few years ago, and I don't know how I survived! It's alot easier with broadband. The only problem I have is that my connection re-connects itself sometimes (I'm not sure why), which never happened with dial-up.

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Who slowed down my modem?

14.4k was screaming fast for my "everyday" stuff at one time. I used to play MUDs via telnet, use gopher, and read Usenet/e-mail with Pine from a meager Win3 system running Trumpet Winsock, and had to wait very little.

Now, it takes forever for me to do my "everyday" stuff. Who slowed down my modem? :)

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Well said, Bob.

And despite the "Many" in the headline, I'm sure that "Most" of the people that don't have it are like my parents: They just can't get it in their rural area.

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It's like watching High Def TV on plasma or an LCDTV for a week and then going to you Grandma's House and seeing their 27" standard tube. You don't know or care what you're missing until it's gone. :)

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Dave_HH:

It's like watching High Def TV on plasma or an LCDTV for a week and then going to you Grandma's House and seeing their 27" standard tube. You don't know or care what you're missing until it's gone. :)

haha So true. I love my TV.

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Lets see if this actually happens. I hope it does cause im tired of dialsuck, but i manage to get by and play online games, talk with my clan mates on TS and game at the same time. Broadband would be so much better, but every time i ask them about Fios as they love to send that to me in my phone bill, they say well there isnt a demand where you live. I ask how do they know, and their response is the website that you got to to put in your info and see if such and such a service is enabled. Verizion is full of crap, no one really goes to those places on their websites, most people in the US are not even close to computer literate. Most have trouble turning the damn thing on, much less using it for more than what they have managed to memorize to do.

I hope broadband shows up soon, but with my luck ill move and then it will appear.

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It is about damn time! Internet websites are being designed for broadband. They have a few MB worth of ads to download, more if they are video ads, streaming videos instead of downloaded videos, pictures in high resolution.

Basically, the internet is for high speed now, and dial-up users might as well just stop trying. It takes an hour to get through the verizon wireless website to pay my bill, and it is 5 or 6 pages. The poorly written code screws dial-up users!

Horray for Obama and his broadband plan!

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Until then, install Firefox, Adblock Plus, and disable automatic image loading. That should get you through the Verizon site in just a few seconds.

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3vi1:

Until then, install Firefox, Adblock Plus, and disable automatic image loading. That should get you through the Verizon site in just a few seconds.

Big plus for disable automatic image loading! I love that feature.

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Good idea! Didn't know adblock plus did that.

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