Who Pays for Internet Access
- This is a new question to the surveys, but one that we've often wondered about.
Who exactly is paying for all this access to the Internet? For this questions,
users were able to reply to more than one option.
- Just over half of the users who responded paid for their Internet access themselves
(51.0%). This was followed by users whose access was paid for work (32.7%) and by
school (24.5%). The reliance on parents to pick up the Internet tab was minimal being only
3.8% of all the responses.
- European users typically had their access to the Internet paid for by work
(40.6% Europe vs 32.5% US) rather than by themselves (38.5% Europe vs 51.8% US).
This is inline with the findings from Affiliations findings,
which point out that 40.3% of the US users gain access from local providers.
- As one would expect, Weekend users are more likely to pay for access to the Internet
themselves (63.8% Weekend vs 48.0% Weekday) than have access paid for by work (18.4%
Weekend vs 36.0% Weekday) and via school (21.4 Weekend vs 25.0% Weekday).
By Access Time
- Given the large student and educational affiliation of female users (See:
Occupations and Affiliation)
it is not surprising to see that access to the Internet paid by school is higher for women
(29.7% women vs 22.0% amle). Additionally, more access is paid for by work for women
than men (35.0% women vs 31.8% men), which reinforces the notion that women are not as
likely to seek out and pay for Internet access as men, but will readily use the technology
if provided, e.g., via school or work.
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GVU's WWW Surveying Team
Graphics, Visualization, & Usability Center
College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332-0280