During the month of August, the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) in partnership with The Field Poll released the results of the statewide 2016 Annual Survey on Broadband Adoption in California. Though the survey found that 84% of California households now have a broadband connection at home (9 points up from the figure reported in 2014), it also confirmed that the most disadvantaged residents remain offline and “under-connected” primarily due to costs associated with participating in the digital world.
The “under-connected” largely come from the same population subgroups with historically lower levels of residential Internet access. Seniors (adults 65 and older) are among the least connected, with just 56% reporting that they have access to broadband internet at home. With so many day-to-day services moving online, it is essential that older adults have access to affordable broadband, digital literacy training, and computing devices.
To access the complete survey results, click here.
For the official summary of the survey results, click here.