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Survey: Broadband Growth Slowing in the US

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Broadband adoption in the United States is slowing, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. The survey found that the number of U.S. residents with broadband Internet service at home has grown 5 percent since 2009, the smallest increase since 2004. Roughly two-thirds of all U.S. adults now have broadband service, up from 63 percent in last year. Pew's Aaron Smith says the slowdown in broadband adoption is likely the result of several factors, including the sluggish economy and the fact that those who have not yet subscribed to broadband Internet services generally do not see Web access as being necessary.

However, broadband adoption among some demographic groups grew faster than it did among the general population, the survey found. For instance, the number of black adults with broadband Internet service increased 22 percent between April 2009 and May 2010. Fifty-six percent of all black adults now have broadband service, up from 46 percent in April 2009.

The survey also found that 89 percent of U.S. residents do not believe that expanding the availability of broadband Internet should be a top priority for the U.S. government.

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