More Americans are relying exclusively on their phones for internet access

More Americans are relying exclusively on their phones for internet access

There was a time in the US when home internet access meant only one thing: expensive monthly payments for broadband packages, sometimes bundled with television or phone services.

But that time has passed. Roughly 33% of Americans today do not have broadband service at home, according to an extensive Pew Research Center report released yesterday (Dec. 21). That’s an uptick from 30% two years ago, and perhaps a sign that broadband’s once-rapid growthis tapering off. Here’s why: The costs are too high, internet access is often available outside of the home, and for some, personal smartphones can provide ample online access.

Between 2013 and 2015, the number of Americans who only use their smartphones for internet access has jumped, according to the report. Increasingly accessible and powerful, smartphones can do most of the things that laptops can, in terms of online capability.

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