Big Disparities Persist in Californians' Access to Broadband Internet at Home, Even as More Are Going Online
Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA – August 1, 2016 – The California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) in partnership with The Field Poll released results today of the statewide 2016 Annual Survey on Broadband Adoption in California examining who does and does not have broadband service at home in California. The Annual Survey found 84% percent of California households have a broadband connection at home. Among the 84% with a home high-speed Internet connection (referred to generically as “broadband”), 14% have a smart phone only, while 70% report having broadband Internet access through a computing device. The Annual Survey confirms that the most disadvantaged residents remain offline and “under-connected.”
Cost is by far the single biggest factor preventing those without Internet connectivity at home from going online. Of those without Internet access at home, three in four (74%) cite its expense or not have a computer or smart phone as a reason for not being connected, and 39% say this is their main reason. Only 2% of all residents are not interested in broadband service, confirming that the vast majority of Californians do want to participate in the digital world.
According to the Annual Survey, several California demographic groups have home broadband adoption rates that fall more than 10 percentage points below the overall adoption rate of 84%.