Report Reveals that African-American Homes are Faced With a Drop in High Speed Internet Connection

More and more people are doing things online, meaning that internet connection should be improving, along with internet speed.

By Victor Ochieng

However, according to a Pew Research Center report, the reverse is true of African-American homes when it comes to internet connection speeds. According to the report, there has been a drop in the number of African-American homes with access to fast internet broadband.

Over the last two years, the number of African-American homes with high speed broadband has dwindled to 54%, right from 62%. The drop has been attributed to two main factors: increased use of smartphones and economics. The report says that homes with annual incomes of between $20,000 and $75,000 are fast dropping high speed internet connection at steady rates. On the other hand, homes with lower income levels are fast switching to mobile only internet connection.

Most people who’ve got children tend to go for mobile-only internet. Many people are moving away from high speed broadband because of costs. However, switching to mobile-only internet connection has been a huge challenge due to data usage limits and higher charges for those who exceed the prescribed limits.

Those without high speed internet connection find it quite a challenge when job seeking or trying to access other information from the internet such as health information or other data, the report reveals.

“Today two-thirds (65%) of non-adopters say that lacking home broadband service is a major disadvantage in at least one of these areas, compared with just under half (48%) who said so in 2010,” Pew said.

There has been a general drop in the number of homes having high speed broadband. The number of American adults having broadband, for example, has dropped from 70% to 67% over the last two years. Further breakdown shows that the drop is mainly in rural areas, where the current connection rate is 55%, down from 60% in 2013.

Another notable finding in the research is that a good number of homes that have no broadband internet are those that didn’t have it in the past and that only a small number of those who don’t have plans to subscribe.

What has to be underlined, however, is that internet has become definitive of the current system of things, where a lot of information is sent and received over the internet. The government has also digitized most of its information and have availed a substantial amount of it online.

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