Pew Research: Only 65% ​​of Hispanics would have access to broadband Internet in the US.

Very few Latinos have internet access at home.

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A Pew Research Center survey found that black and Latino adults in the United States remain less likely than white adults to say they own a computer or have high-speed Internet access at home.

In contrast, the study revealed that there are no racial and ethnic differences when it comes to other devices, such as smartphones and tablets. Eight in 10 white adults said they have a desktop or laptop computer, compared with 69% of African American adults and 67% of Latino adults.

Additionally, eight in 10 white adults also said they have a broadband connection at home, while smaller percentages of black and Latino adults say the same: 71% and 65%, respectively. These gaps have been present in several Center surveys.

According to the study, there are no statistically significant racial and ethnic differences when it comes to smartphone or tablet ownership. Eight in 10 or more white, black, and Hispanic adults say they own a smartphone, half or more in each group say they have a tablet.

About four in 10 white adults, or 42%, and black adults, 40%, say they have a smartphone, home broadband, a desktop or laptop computer, and a tablet. 35% of Latino adults report the same, but this proportion does not differ statistically from their black and white counterparts.

The Pew Research Center said that when it comes to accessing the internet, mobile devices play a larger role for Latinos compared to white adults. A quarter of these are “smartphone only” internet users, meaning they own a phone but lack traditional broadband services at home.

By comparison, 12% of white adults fall into this category. Among African American adults, 17% rely on smartphones, but this proportion is not statistically different from their White or Latino counterparts. The fact that a large number of Latinos do not have access to broadband at home shows that not everyone has the financial resources to pay for the service.

Last year, the US federal government launched a program so that low-income Americans would have government assistance to pay for broadband service and thus reduce the connection gap suffered by many households. The authorities have said that it is important that the population has an internet connection to communicate.

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