Survey indicates home Internet usage jump

June 18, 2009 at 7:53 AM
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WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) -- Despite tight economic conditions and higher prices, 63 percent of adult Americans use broadband Internet at home, a 15 percent hike, a survey indicates.

The study, taken in April by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project and released Wednesday, cites further a hefty 54 percent jump since the end of 2007.

Big jumps were reported among seniors, low-income households and rural residents and overall growth indicates the economic recession has had little effect on Internet decisions, the survey says.

John B. Horrigan, associate director of the Pew Internet Project and principal author of the report, said many Americans view the Internet as "a conduit for connecting to community and economic opportunity."

The project said it found people contacted were twice as likely to cut back or cancel a cell phone or cable TV service than tamper likewise with the Internet.

The Pew April survey interviewed 2,253 U.S. residents with a projected margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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