January 06, 2006

Broadband usage is a predictor of educational advancement?

Andy Carvin’s Waste of Bandwidth blog, an interestingly eclectic mix, includes this quote which caught my attention. I wonder if it’s true, and where it came from. Any comments?

"For Hispanics the stakes are especially significant because only one in eight are experiencing the digital fast lane known as broadband," Flores adds. "And study after study shows that broadband usage is a predictor of educational advancement and educational attainment."

1 comment:

Andy Carvin said...

I was wondering that as well. There's certainly lots of data suggesting that households with higher levels of educational attainment are more likely to have broadband Internet access. The NTIA's A Nation Online report reported that around six percent of households with less than a high school degree have broadband, compared to 14.5% of high school grads and 35% of college grads. But that should be taken as the opposite - that educational attainment is a predictor of broadband, rather than the other way around.