I just wrote:

Richard Owlett wrote:

Last time I checked, less than a year ago, approximately 40% of US users ( including me ;) are still on dialup.

It's hard to judge, because "broadband penetration" statistics divide the number of broadband access points by the total population, not by the number of Internet users. US stats for December 2008 were around 25% by that measure, but how many users had access to each line? And what proportion of the population isn't online at all?

On the other hand, this methodology gives very different numbers:


US Broadband Penetration Grows to 63% - US Broadband Penetration Jumps to 94.7% Among Active Internet Users - June 2009 Bandwidth Report


Overall broadband penetration across all US homes grew to 63% in March 2009, according to a survey by Pew Internet (see Figure 1). Broadband penetration grew 8 percentage points from 55% in April 2008 to 63% in March 2009. Dial-up users decreased from 10% to 7% during the same time period. Broadband growth in US homes grew mainly from low-usage groups, including seniors and low-income Americans. Overall, people living in homes with annual household incomes below $30,000 experienced a 34% growth in home broadband adoption from 2008 to 2009.

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I'm assuming this survey asked individual Internet users what they had, and most of them said broadband.

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