Home Internet Access

There are several ways to assess Internet usage. Basic access to the Internet is frequently measured in terms of home access, namely a home subscription to a broadband service. The majority of the sample, 95%, has a home Internet connection, and nearly all of the respondents use the Internet. Among the 5% of respondents that does not have a home Internet connection, 72% use the Internet at another location, like public libraries, or by another means, such as using a mobile connection.


The survey listed several electronic devices that can be used in conjunction with the Internet. 99% of respondents have cell phones and 78% own a smartphone. The majority of respondents (76%) also own a laptop, but that rate is 7% lower than it was in 2014. Over half of the respondents own a tablet computer. Only 5% of respondents in Austin depend primarily on smartphones for Internet access compared to the national average of 20%.