Pew: Universal Broadband Faces Hurdles
Currently, around one in four American adults don't have home Internet connections of any type -- broadband or dial-up, according to Pew. What's more, about half of that group says they have no use for the Web. When Pew asked the non-users why they didn't have Web connections, 33% said they weren't interested in going online, while 7% said they had no time for the Web and an additional 7% said they viewed the Internet as a waste of time.
"Non-adopters are older and lower-income Americans, and it would take time to undertake the training and support needed to turn them into competent online users," the report states.
But non-users' current views of the Web don't necessarily mean that universal broadband is doomed. The study only reflects people's present perceptions but doesn't -- and can't -- reveal how people will feel in the future, when broadband use has grown.
When more local businesses accept orders online, more media companies place shows online, and more companies begin offering low-cost phone service online, more consumers who currently spurn the Web as a waste of time are bound to see the need to be online themselves.
Meanwhile, broadband connections still aren't readily available to around 9% of the country. Fixing that will go a long way towards boosting the Web.