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Why don’t some adults use the Internet?

Amy Gahran has a nice breakdown as to why 1 in 5 U.S. adults don’t use the Internet.

The usual reasons are cited: age and lack of income, but there are some surprising findings. U.S. home broadband pentration dropped by four percentage points from 2010 to 2011. The recession clearly is affecting people’s abilities to get online, which may serve to deepen the recession.

Not being able to get online means that these people — often unemployed — will find it harder to find jobs and get government services. So much is done online now. When I was laid off at my last job, all of my job search was conducted online. I couldn’t imagine conducting a job search in 2012 without Internet and a computer at home.

People with disabilities are also less likely to go online and have home Internet. This tells me that too many websites are not accessible. Indeed, computers themselves still need to become more accessible.

Some nuggets from Amy’s post about those who aren’t using the Internet:

Mostly they’re older — 59% of U.S. seniors don’t go online. Also, nearly 60% of U.S. adults who never completed high school don’t use the Internet. And they’re mostly poor — nearly 40% of people with an annual household income under $30,000 don’t go online. (Pew notes that people with an annual household income under $20,000 are especially unlikely to use the Internet.)

People with disabilities also are more likely to not use the Internet. One- quarter of U.S. adults live with a disability that interferes with activities of daily life — and only 54% of these people are Internet users, Pew found.

Source: CNN.



1 Gbps mobile Internet? Yes, please. LTE Advanced is fast, very fast.

I cry as I realize that people (probably abroad) will be getting mobile Internet much faster than my home broadband Internet:

Ericsson, one of the biggest proponents of mobile broadband in general, and LTE in particular, has demoed a new variant of the technology called LTE Advanced, which is ten times faster than today’s commercial LTE networks. Ericsson showed off LTE Advanced using commercial hardware in Kista, Sweden for the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS).

This could go a long way towards getting us that cloud we really want.

Episode 2: The cloud we long for

This week we start off talking about the cloud we could have, which is far more robust than iCloud promises or what Amazon, Dropbox, Microsoft or Google offer.

Imagine a world where you could store everything remotely — especially big files such as songs, video and photos — and mount them in native applications or high quality Web apps. You would be able to interact with these files like they were stored locally.

These services and others allow us to store data remotely, but a huge missing link is high quality Internet that would allow us to access these files quickly and seamlessly while on the go or at home. Even relatively fast home Internet doesn’t allow us to interact with our remotely stored media in the same manner as locally-stored content.

We talk about much more this week, including 1 Gpbs Internet, The Knight News Challenge, Internet use the and human brain and Pat’s Bank of America Twitter story.

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