2017 IGS Poll: Disparities Persist in Californians’ Access to Broadband Internet at Home

Poll identifies growing class of “underconnected” households, whose only access to high speed Internet at home is through a smart phone.

The findings in this report come from a telephone survey completed by the Institute of Governmental Studies, at the University of California, Berkeley on behalf of the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF). This was done by adding CETF’s Broadband Adoption Survey questions to the May 2017 Berkeley IGS Poll, which conducts periodic surveys of the California public on matters of politics and public policy. The poll is housed with IGS’s newly established Jack Citrin Center for Public Opinion Research.

The May 2017 Berkeley IGS Poll was conducted by telephone among a statewide sample of 1,628 California adults. To capture the diversity of the state’s adult population, the survey was administered in six languages and dialects – English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Korean. Interviewing was completed May 4-29, 2017 by professionally trained and supervised interviewers calling from Davis Research in Calabasas (Los Angeles County), California. 


By Mark DiCamillo, Director, Berkeley IGS Poll (o) 510-642-6835 (c) 415-602-5594



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