DIGITAL DIVIDE: Black Internet use lower than whites

1:00 PM January 13, 2014

      As reported in a recent Press-Enterprise Blog (1/6/14) African Americans are less likely than whites to have broadband Internet access at home but are as likely to own smartphones.  A newly released Pew Research Center survey found few differences when household income was taken into account, suggesting that the differences between blacks and whites are largely because the median African American income is below that of whites. The poll found that 74 percent of whites had broadband access, compared with 62 percent of African Americans. But, for example, an identical 91 percent of blacks and whites with household incomes of $75,000 or greater had broadband access. Ninety-eight percent of people of both races in that income group use the Internet, but about 1 in 4 blacks and whites with household incomes below $30,000 do not use the Internet. Yet African-Americans aged 65 or older were significantly less likely to use the Internet than their white counterparts.  One of WIPP's Economic Blueprint Telecommunications Principles calls for broadband access being essential to small businesses.  WIPP believes broadband access at a reasonable cost principle is key for African American internet consumers.  It's a key component to obliterating the digital divide.


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