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Net connections at U.S. homes faster

AFP-JIJI

The percentage of Americans with high-speed Internet connections at home has reached 70 percent, while just 3 percent still use dial-up to go online, a study showed Monday.

The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project said the percentage of high-speed users represented a small but statistically significant rise from the 66 percent of adults who said they had home broadband in April 2012.

The percentage using dial-up as of May 2013 has held steady at 3 percent for the past two years, Pew found, but is down sharply from a peak of 41 percent in 2001.

Overall, 85 percent of Americans use the Internet, the report said. Of those who lack a high-speed connection at home, 10 percent have smartphones that can access the Internet.