New Census data show Michigan has lower estimated rates of fixed broadband adoption than the national average

Washington, DC (March 17, 2022) – Today, the United States Census Bureau released its American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates for 2016-2020, showing an increase in fixed broadband adoption.


The above image shows the percent of households with fixed nroadband (DSL, Fiber, or Cable). Click the image to enlarge.

Nationally, internet and fixed broadband adoption both grew slightly from 2015-2019 estimates. These new data show 70.3% of American households subscribing to fixed broadband such as cable, fiber optic, or DSL. This is up from the 2015-2019 estimate when 68.9% of households subscribed to these internet platforms.

New Hampshire continues to lead states and territories with 79.9% of households subscribing to fixed broadband service, while Puerto Rico has the lowest rate of fixed broadband adoption at 35.7% of households.

Historically, Connected Nation has relied on ACS 1-year estimates to track home internet adoption across the country. In 2020, though, due to factors including COVID-19 and its impact on data collection, the United States Census did not release its 2020 1-year estimate data as it had in previous years, shifting instead to experimental data tables which the census says are not comparable to prior 1-year estimates.

If you are interested in learning more about the ACS 2016-2020 5-year estimates, you can click on the link HERE.

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