News Brief

Pew: Broadband Users Turn To Web For News

For broadband users, the Internet has surpassed local newspapers as a source for news, according to a new report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The study, "Online News," based on a survey late last year of more than 3,000 U.S. adults, found that more than four in 10 broadband users--43 percent--get news online on a typical day, compared to 38 percent who turn to the local paper for news on a typical day. But dial-up users still favor print for news. When asked where they got news "yesterday," 41 percent of dial-up users said their local paper, while just 26 percent said the Web. Local TV was still the most popular choice for news, with 65 percent of dial-up users, 57 percent of broadband users, and 57 percent of non-Internet users, saying that they got news from local TV on the day before being surveyed. --Wendy Davis