New American Community Survey questions revised in 2016 show a stunning increase in reported mobile broadband usage – strong evidence that previous questions were not adequately capturing how U.S. households access the Internet.When the new, revised questions were tested, there were many improvements, including a stunning increase in reported mobile broadband usage. The improved set of questions show that mobile broadband is accessed in 68 percent of households rather than the 38 percent previously reported.
Overall, most households combine mobile broadband (cellular data plans) with home-based internet connections, which include both wired connections (cable, DSL, or fiber-optic) and satellite, dialup or other types of service. This combination represents 71 percent of smartphone users, 71 percent of desktop/laptop users, and 77 percent of tablet users.
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