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US internet use twice ours

Almost three in five Yanks online

The number of American citizens using the internet grew by 16 million in the second half of 2000. This means the number of adults with access to the internet in the US is now 104 million, or 56 percent of the adult population, according to survey results released by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

But the most recent comparitive figures from research firm Ovum show the UK only had just under 30 percent of housholds connected as at 1 January this year. Ovum doesn't expect the UK to get to 59 percent internet 'penetration' until 2005.

Pew's figures for the US aren't the highest estimates either. Another survey by the Nielsen/NetRatings service (you may know the Nielsen part from the famous Nielsen TV ratings system) clocks the US online population at 58 percent. These are home users, so these figures don't include business surfers.

By comparison 98 percent of US households own a television, and 94 percent have a telephone, Pew said.


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