70% of adults in the United States believe that high-speed internet is a basic necessity

The new Kajeet-sponsored survey, “The State of Internet Connectivity and the Digital Divide in the United States,” provides a detailed look at Americans’ beliefs about high-speed Internet access before the pandemic, during the pandemic, and moving forward.

McLean, Virginia.And the August 4, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ – Cajeet®Ltd., the leading provider of wireless communications, software and hardware solutions that provide secure, reliable, and controlled access to nearly 3,000 businesses, schools, regions, government entities and IoT providers, today released the findings of the “New State of Internet Connectivity” and the “Digital Divide in the United States”. The results of this national survey, conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Kajeet, revealed that Americans overwhelmingly believe that access to high-speed internet is a basic necessity. Additionally, this need for connectivity is not new, with nearly 75% of respondents believing that high-speed internet is important even before the pandemic began more than two years ago. The survey also found that 64% of adults in the United States are concerned about their ability to pay for a high-speed internet connection at home.

The digital divide – the gap between people who have access to modern ICT and those who do not – is a major issue. Internet access is becoming essential in almost all aspects of life today, including education, healthcare, remote work, etc., according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), however, there is an estimation that 14.5 million Americans Lacking access to home broadband. For these 14.5 million people, the lack of internet access is a disadvantage.

High speed internet is a necessity, not a luxury

In the survey, 7 in 10 respondents (70%) said they agreed with the statement “high-speed internet is a basic necessity”, with 37% saying they “strongly agree” and 33% saying they “somewhat agree”. Only 11% said they “somewhat disagree” or “strongly disagree”. When asked if they agree with the statement that governments (local, state, federal) should provide free high-speed Internet access to all Americans, 43% said they “strongly agree,” 29% said they “somewhat agree,” and 13% said they either ‘somewhat disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’.

Students’ access to high-speed internet was critical before the pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the world in 2020, the digital divide and the urgent need for high-speed internet connectivity, especially for learning, became more apparent to many people. But this need existed long before the national health crisis. When asked how important or unimportant respondents felt was that high-speed Internet access at home was for K-12 student learning prior to the pandemic, the vast majority (70%) of respondents said it was important to respondents. When the same question was asked about the importance of a high-speed internet connection for post-pandemic learning, the same number of respondents (70%) said it is important.

Yes, I need it, but can I afford it?

While the majority of Americans (70%) said they believe high-speed internet is a basic necessity, more than 6 in 10 (64%) said they are concerned about their ability to pay for a high-speed internet connection at home. When asked how anxious they are, 27% said “very worried”, and 37% said “somewhat worried”. When asked about the three activities that would pose the biggest conflict if they lost high-speed internet at home, 42% said work/work, 38% said healthcare, 35% said access to smart home devices and systems and 35% said school work.

Parents with school-aged children are frustrated

  • Schools can help: When parents with school-aged children were asked what they felt their child’s school could offer to make online/distance learning easier, 61% said “high-speed internet”, and 46% answered “hardware technical support.” necessary and 44% said “devices such as tablets or laptops”.

  • Schoolwork doesn’t end at school: When asked about activities at home that require a high-speed internet connection, 42% of parents with school-age children mentioned their or their children’s homework. More than half (52%) said that work/work also requires a high-speed connection.

  • Distance learning isn’t always possible from home: When asked about all the reasons Americans, or a loved one have to leave home to access high-speed internet, 49% said “to finish homework,” and 44% said, “to attend online classes.” “.

  • Degrees of Disconnection: Nearly half of American adults surveyed (41%) have struggled themselves to get online for learning in the past year or know someone who has.

  • The need for access to better technology to support online learning: Nearly a quarter of parents with school-aged children (24%) said their children’s schools did not provide sufficient technology to support online/distance learning within the past year.

  • Online learning is here to stay: When asked what type of learning model they would prefer for their children moving forward in the post-pandemic era, nearly half (44%) of parents with school-aged children stated their preference for the hybrid model (a combination of both). – personal and virtual), less than a third (32%) 100% prefer in-person, and 11% said they prefer fully virtual learning.

Other key findings include:

  • Having Internet access everywhere is important: Nearly three-quarters (72%) of US adults think it is important to have an Internet connection that they can use outside of their home, such as a Wi-Fi hotspot, Wi-Fi device, and built-in devices. In the Internet, etc.

  • Staying connected is essential: When asked about the importance of high-speed internet access at home, 65% said they found connectivity at home important, including a third (37%) who said “very important”.

  • Speed ​​and quality problems are common: When asked how often respondents have experienced speed or quality problems with a high-speed Internet connection at home over the past year, Americans are frustrated: 20% said “always”; 21% said “often” 26% said “sometimes” 10% said “rarely”. And only 3% said “never”.

  • Home isn’t always where high-speed internet is: Over the past year, nearly three-quarters (73%) of adults said they’ve had to leave home at some point to access high-speed internet.

“The results of this national survey highlight the belief among Americans that everyone needs to be connected to the Internet. The data clearly shows that as the world opens up after the pandemic, the need for reliable connectivity is essential, and makes our society and economy more vibrant and resilient” Daniel JW NealChairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Kajeet Corporation. “The survey provides key insights into the types of activities outside of education that require connectivity, such as access to a wide range of health care and employment opportunities. With many Americans concerned about how they will pay for this essential connection, it is imperative that steps are taken to ensure a strong internet connection. and affordable.”

To view the full survey results, download Kajeet’s e-book, “The State of the Internet and the Digital Divide in the United States” at: https://get.kajeet.net/state-of-internet-2022

Survey Methodology

Commissioned by Kajeet, the 2022 survey “The State of Internet Connectivity and the Digital Divide in the US” was conducted by OnePoll, a market research firm specializing in quantitative online research and opinion polls, among February 24-25 2022. Comments were obtained from 1,000 US adults and 500 US adults with school-age children.

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Judy PorrasCajet, 619-564-9306, jodieb@gabrielmarketing.com

Linda JenningsKajeet Corporate Communications, 248-521-3606, ljennings@kajeet.com

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