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August 26, 2013

20% US users have neither a smartphone or broadband

 Some 70% of American adults have a high-speed broadband connection at home; an additional 10% of Americans lack home broadband but do own a smartphone

Even though more than half of Americans own smartphones, a significant gap in broadband access persists in the United States, according to a new survey released today by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

According to "Pew American Life project ", 20% of Americans have neither a home broadband connection nor a smartphone. The survey says 70% of American adults have broadband access in their homes, and a large proportion of those also have smartphones.

An additional 10% of Americans get Internet access from smartphones alone. Yet with one in five Americans still lacking broadband, there’s a large deficit to be addressed. This can be done relatively inexpensively using a few wireless approaches. We could repurpose tge television spectrum, often called “Super Wi-Fi" to fill in the gap. Another way is to make clever use of unlicensed spectrum by new software-defined radios.