90% of computer-owing homes subscribed to broadband but disparities in computer ownership, says research

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 3:53:27 by

Broadband internet is one of most widely used electronic technology in virtually every field of life and United States being the top subscriber has the densest use of it. However, in the latest findings by a research company, Leichtman Research Group, the odds are not all showing prosperity.

According to the research, about 90 percent of the US households that have personal computer or any other computing device like a smartphone or a tablet, are subscribed to the broadband internet connection.

Leichtman Research conducted a poll and 1,351 households participated in it, giving a more or less thorough insight on the market trends. Poll results suggest that about 3 percent of houses with a broadband connection are discontent with the quality of their internet service provider, or ISP. About 65 percent of the household notched on Very Satisfied, on the scale.

However, this is not to say that 90 percent of US homes have a broadband connection. The research firm further delved into the percentage numbers and found that almost 41 percent of US households that have an annual income of $30,000 do not have a computing device of any kind. The number thins down to 3 percent in the bracket of homes with an annual income of $50,000.

A broadband connection is only usable if there is a computing device to use it on like a desktop, laptop, tablet or a smartphone. If there is not computer, there is no internet connection.

“While higher-income households remain most likely to subscribe to a broadband service, computers in the home also increases with household income,” Bruce Leichtman, president of the research firm, said in the company’s release. “Disparities in computer ownership are the true roots of the broadband divides in the U.S.”

The research firm further finds and refutes the more ubiquitous expression used in technology and media circles that tablets are replacing laptops and desktops. According to the survey, only 0.6 percent of the US households have a tablet at home instead of both laptops and desktops.

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