Many Americans Lack Good Internet Access

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Five percent to 10 percent of Americans can't get Internet access at speeds needed for common tasks such as viewing photos, video and Web pages. That's the conclusion from the Commerce Department as it unveils a detailed interactive map showing what types of high-speed Internet connections are available -- or missing -- in every last corner of the country.
The map being made available Thursday is one of the requirements of the $787 billion economic stimulus bill that became law in February 2009.
Government officials hope the map will help guide policymakers, researchers, public interest groups and telecommunications companies as they seek to extend Internet access to even the most remote reaches of the U.S. Consumers could use it to find out what broadband options are available where they live.

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  • by Lynzee Location: Lansing on Feb 17, 2011 at 02:39 PM
    Up to 10% don't have internet and they need it to view pictures, videos and to access webpages? So 90% of the country has access, so once again the majority has to pay for the minority. Since when is having internet a "right". Getting sick of the government deciding who gets what, while we have to foot the bill. If you don't have internet and would like access to it, there are places that you can go to utilize it (ie the public library, an internet cafe, etc). If it is something you truly want make some cuts in YOUR budget to pay for it. Don't expect me to pay for that for you along with everything else. Enough is enough.....when will it end. Next we will be footing the bill for the computers that people need so they can access the internet. Geesh!!!
  • by anonymous on Feb 17, 2011 at 01:40 PM
    Beware of regulated and censored Internet 2.
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