Should broadband be a utility? Survey says…

Self Financial surveyed over 1000 people about broadband access and the internet. Here’s what they found…

Key Stats:

  • 2 in 3 (68%) would support the internet as a utility

  • An overwhelming majority (95%) believe internet access should be accessible to all Americans, but 13% believe this access should be limited by broadband speed

  • The majority (87%) agree that the internet should be free for educational purposes

  • Over half (52%) believe internet providers offer poor value for money

  • Most (64%) believe that internet provider competition is beneficial for consumers

  • 3 in 4 (77%) believe the internet is essential to achieving the American dream in 2021

  • Over half (52%) avoided seeking medical help during the pandemic due to lack of telehealth options

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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