A recent In-Stat/MDR residential communications survey found that apartment dwellers tended to have a slightly lower usage rate of most communications services (local phone service, long distance, cable TV, satellite TV, wireless phone services, Internet access, and in-home entertainment) compared to the total respondent base. 50 percent of total respondents subscribed to Internet access, while only 38 percent of apartment dwelling respondents were subscribers.
51 percent of Internet using apartment dwellers have dial-up access, but some have high-speed dial-up as well. The use of broadband was higher among apartment dwellers with Internet than among the total respondents. Regardless of possibly lower income, Craven concludes, those that have an interest in Internet access, are willing to pay for a higher level of service. She points out that the MDU resident typically has less disposable income versus the average single-family resident. However, MDU residents also tend to be younger (except in the instance of retirement communities), with a high concentration of college students and young professionals.
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