143 Million Americans Online

Despite an economic recession that took quite a toll on tech stocks, especially those Internet related, the United States Department of Commerce reports that 54% of the country's population was online in September of 2001, an increase of 26 million over the thirteen months prior.

In addition, the digital divide, the disparity between access to digital information and technology along economic and racial boundaries, appears to be shrinking with Internet use growing more among lower income Americans (25% annually in households earning less than $15,000 per year) verse the highest income U.S. households (which showed 11% growth per year).

However, there are still 140 million people who still are not connected to the Internet. Nevertheless, the report found that 9 out of 10 school-age children now have access to computers either at home or at school.

Other statistics detailed in the report include:


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