NTIA: Almost 99% of Americans Have Access to Broadband

Mobile Internet application use on phones, tablets and other devices "exploded" between July 2011 and October 2012, with double-digit percentage increases across all demos. Some form of broadband, fixed or wireless, is now available to almost 99% of the U.S. population.

That is according to a just-released National Telecommunications & Information Administration survey, "Exploring the Digital Nation: Embracing the Mobile Internet," based on October 2012 Census Bureau data.

Roughly nine out of ten Americans 25 and older (88%) say they use a mobile phone.

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John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.