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WASHINGTON – Credit unions loading up their Internet banking sites with bandwidth-hogging functionality may find themselves hearing less and less from unhappy users with slow dialup connections. According to the results of a February survey just released by the authoritative Pew Internet & American Life project, 355% of adult Internet users have broadband at home and at work now, and home broadband adoption has increased 60% alone in the past year, to 39% of adult Internet users. The jump in broadband is being fueled by unhappiness with slow dialup connections and a big jump in DSL use, which now commands 42% of the home broadband market, up from 28% in March 2003, according to the Pew report (www.pewinternet.org). That apparently threatens cable’s stranglehold on that market. The report also found that for the first time, more than half (52%) of college-educated people age 35 and younger have broadband connections at home. Meanwhile, only 10% of rural Americans use high-speed connections, a third the rate of non-rural Americans. These charts show the rise of broadband.

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