Website Optimization Announces that Broadband Internet Penetration has Grown to 57% in US Homes

April 24, 2008 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology News
Website Optimization is announcing today that Broadband penetration in US households grew to 57% in March. Some 12 percent of consumers borrow free wireless connections, according to a new survey. Among active Internet users, broadband penetration grew by only 0.43 percentage points over the past month to 88.82%.

Broadband Penetration Grows to 57% in US Homes

Among primary residence US households, broadband penetration grew to 57% in March 2008 (see Figure 1), according to Leichtman Research Group. Broadband penetration has grown on average 8.25 percentage points each year, but appears to be slowing down in the past year. Note that these figures show broadband growing by 250% since 2003, which is in line with the 300% figure reported by Scarborough Research since 2002.

Survey: 12% of Consumers 'borrow' Free Wireless Connections

Although it is illegal in some parts of the world, 12% of US and UK respondents to an Accenture survey have logged onto someone else's unsecured Wi-Fi network. Using other people's Wi-Fi is more common in the US than in the UK. About 1 in 7 piggyback in the US, while 1 in 11 do the same in the UK. The practice is more common among 18 to 34-year olds, with nearly one-third piggybacking onto unsecured networks.

Accenture found that people are engaging in unsafe computer practices. Nearly half of all respondents said that they use the same password for all of their accounts, and only a quarter have encrypted files on their computers.

Home Connectivity in the US

US broadband penetration grew to 88.82% in March 2008. Narrowband users connecting at 56Kbps or less now make up 11.18% of active Internet users, down 0.43 percentage points from 11.61% in February 2008 (see Figure 2).

Broadband Growth Trends in the US

In March 2008, broadband penetration among active Internet users in US homes grew 0.43 percentage points to 88.82%, up from 88.39% in February. This increase of 0.43 points is below the average increase in broadband of 0.61 points per month over the last six months (see Figure 2). At current growth rates, broadband penetration among active Internet users will break 90 percent by May of 2008.

Work Connectivity

As of March 2008, 95.83% of US workers connected to the Internet with broadband, up 0.53 percentage points from the 95.3% share in February. At work, 4.17% connect at 56Kbps or less (see Figure 3).

For the full “April 2008 Bandwidth Report” visit

About The Bandwidth Report

The Bandwidth Report is a monthly roundup of connectivity trends in the US and elsewhere compiled by Website Optimization Each month's bandwidth report offers the latest statistics in Internet connectivity and broadband trends, including:

* Home Connectivity in the US
* Broadband Growth in the US
* Work Connectivity
* Broadband Trends in the US, Canada, and other countries