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2016-2020 American Community Survey 5-year estimates are now available, including the Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) Files and Variance Replicate Estimate (VRE) Tables.

graphical representation of house in a community with computer and internet use highlighted

We ask questions about the computers and devices that people use, whether people access the internet, and how people access the internet to create data about computer and internet use.

We added these questions in 2013 as a requirement of the Broadband Data Improvement Act of 2008. They help federal agencies measure the nationwide development of broadband access and decrease barriers to broadband access.

Your privacy concerns

We use your confidential survey answers to create statistics like those in the results below and in the full tables that contain all the data—no one is able to figure out your survey answers from the statistics we produce. The Census Bureau is legally bound to strict confidentiality requirements. Individual records are not shared with anyone, including federal agencies and law enforcement entities. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' answers with anyone—not the IRS, not the FBI, not the CIA, and not with any other government agency.

Questions as they appear on the form

We ask three questions that cover the type of computer you use, whether you have internet access, and what type of internet access you have.

Results from these questions

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Computer and internet use data help communities:

Infographic: Households Subscriptions to Broadband Service

Figure 1. Percentage of Households With Subscription to Any Broadband Service: 2013-2017

[Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year]


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