what I said - 50/50 isn't "negligable" as glowlite assumed.
Don't get confused now. 50/50 is among all households. In terms of actual heads, it's 73/27 among people who actually use the internet at home, and the rate itself is still increasing. So saying that half the people in the country don't have broadband is inaccurate at best.
-42% of the people in the country don't have internet access of any kind, at home.
-Of the remaining 58%, almost 3 out of 4 do have broadband, at home.
-Now, 73% of adults say they use the internet at all, so about a third of those use it at work only. And broadband in the workplace is up around 90% among those people.
So, do the math, and this gives you about an 80-85% broadband usage among people who use the internet *at all*, in the USA. Those are pretty significant numbers.
And the USA is the farthest along regarding broadband.
In terms of actual heads, yes, but in terms of penetration, no. The US is 19th and falling in that race. The Pacific Rim countries are way ahead, mainly because of population density, I think.
The more interesting statistic data isn't apparently available? How large the percentage of non-urban (= outside the bigger cities) broadband users is.
The info you want is here: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06426.pdf
According to the chart on page 18: Urban and suburban households tend to be running around 29% having broadband, while rural users are running at 17%. That's actually a really interesting report if you feel like flipping through it, but the gist of it is that broadband is increasing among rural areas. Mostly thanks to wireless and other technologies which mean that we don't have to run tons of wire out to the boonies.
Because sure as hell, these users will wait for a long while before they get anything better.
Meh. Depends on how you define "long while". I'd guess that as more wireless tech comes about and gets better, the rate of adoption of high speed services in rural areas will increase rapidly. While it's a little bit premature to not consider dialup users, it's certainly not unjustified to do so. Within the next, say, 4 years, most web designers will have excluded dial-up users as a primary motivating factor in their designs. Well, most have already, admittedly, but I think that that will actually make sense within 4 years. :)