Friday, March 24, 2006

Pew / Internet reports: Internet main news source for many broadband users

According to a new report released by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, "By the end of 2005, 50 million Americans got news online on a typical day, a sizable increase since 2002." Read the full report for yourself here.

I want to read the report thoroughly and report back but here are some quick initial thoughts:
- Among all respondants, 23% used Internet as a primary news source. That number differentiated to 26% of respondants who used dial-up, and 43% of respondants who used broadband.
- An informed population actively participates in Democracy, and voters who understand who issues really affect them consistently vote Democrat.
- Watch for increasing moves from Republicans to increase Internet costs, decrease access, and strangle bandwidth.
- If you are serious about progressive social change and healthy democracy, make protecting and expanding broadband Internet access a top priority -- and brace for a fight.

On this note, kudo's to Mark Warner for extending Internet access to rural Virginia while Governor.

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