Access to a household computer and connection to the Internet is important to many Americans. From accessing news sources to connecting to family and friends, the Internet provides an arena that services nearly all aspects of daily life. Students of all ages use computers and broadband connections to complete homework assignments and take online courses. Job seekers can also obtain information about employment and apply to jobs online. Access to broadband Internet, in particular, is credited with having beneficial effects on individual empowerment, economic growth, and community development.
The original version of this report, posted on April 21, 2021, accidentally omitted data for Ohio from Table 2. The current, corrected version was placed on the site on April 22.