Pew: A third of people without broadband have a smartphone


A Pew survey finds 70 percent of Americans have broadband at home. They tend to be better educated, better paid and younger than those who don't. Only 3 percent of Americans, Pew found, have dial-up service.

One finding that may be of interest to publishers: 10 percent of people said they have a smartphone but don't have broadband at home.

"[A]nother way to say this is that 32% of non-broadband users own a smartphone," Pew's report says. Such phones "do offer a potential source of online access to individuals who might otherwise lack the ability to go online at all from within the home, even if that access is somewhat limited in comparison."

Related: Data show why newspapers still need to look good on smartphones | What news organizations can learn from Facebook’s remarkable mobile turnaround | 5 reasons mobile will disrupt journalism like the Internet did a decade ago

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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