The penetration of broadband Internet in U.S. households has accelerated the development and growth of on-demand video and music technologies, generating what the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) has coined the “exaflood” - an explosion of content straining the Internet’s capacity.
According to a recent Pew Internet & American Life Project report, income and race are becoming less important differentiators in U.S. broadband adoption. Another recent study by The Brookings Institution links broadband penetration rates with U.S. employment growth.
The Pew study found that home broadband use by African-American adults rose to 40 percent, up from less than 15 percent in 2005. And 31 percent of rural Americans now have home broadband connections, compared with 49 percent and 52 percent of suburban and urban residents, respectively.