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The percentage of computer and Internet access for U.S. households.
The percentage of computer and Internet access for U.S. households.  

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Internet Caps Look to Curb High Volume Access
Published Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

The debate over broadband caps, which is an effort to ensure that the most intensive Internet users pay their fair share, has been a subject of several broadband companies’ proposed new policies. Two weeks ago, Time Warner Cable backed down from a broadband-cap proposal under which it would have sold access with varying quotas, with total surcharges capped at $75 a month. Last October, Comcast set a 250-gigabyte monthly cap on its residential Internet service. Mobile broadband services from such carriers as AT&T Wireless and Verizon Wireless are much more restrictive, limiting users to just 5 GB a month. Verizon bans “high volume” use of its FiOS service but does not define the term.

Internet usage and access has increased across the board, as more and more people of all ages seek out news and entertainment on the web. Public library access has nearly come to 100%. Internet usage has fluctuated for all regions with the South accessing the most at 33-34% at work and at home. When the demographic is broken down into income level, internet usage swings from those under $50,000 accessing the internet mostly from outside work and home; the reverse occurs for those over $75,000. When broken down by education, more high school graduates use the internet at home as opposed to those who graduated college.

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Congress Goes to the People, Bypassing Media
Published Friday, February 13th, 2009

Recently, YouTube and Congress have launched two new web pages—one for the House of Representatives and one for the Senate. National lawmakers will now be able to create their own video channels for posting news appearances, special events, or their own unique content. As recently as October of last year, franking laws were lifted to allow Congress to officially embedding video on YouTube or Twitter. Moreover, the old radio address by the president has been supplemented with an internet address.  By doing so, Congress and the President will be able to bypass the media filter to communicate directly to constituents who are more likely to use the internet to get news via both computer and mobile — than watching local and network news channels.

More and more homes have turned to the internet for news as the number of those able to access the internet from home has nearly doubled since 1998: 61.8% have and use computers on a daily basis and 54.6% have access to the internet in their homes. According to The Department of Commerce, national / local TV news sites and national / local paper sites make up a majority of overall primary news sources.

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