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Public Attitudes towards Broadband

Please take a few minutes to answer some questions about providing access for all Americans to High-Speed Internet ("Broadband"). Broadband Internet access, often shortened to just broadband, is a high data rate Internet access—typically contrasted with dial-up access using a 56k modem. As part of our term project in the Technology and Society course at The George Washington University, we've developed this survey to assess public attitudes toward this important subject. Thank you very much for your time! Yours truly, Brett, Raj and Taylor

What age group are you?

0% (0) 0-18
37% (13) 19-22
5% (2) 23-30
14% (5) 31-50
20% (7) 51-65
22% (8) 66+

35 voters have answered this question.

What Time Zone do you live in?

54% (19) EST (Eastern Standard Time)
2% (1) CST (Central Standard Time)
2% (1) MST (Mountain Standard Time)
40% (14) PST (Pacific Standard Time)

35 voters have answered this question.

What is your gender?

62% (22) Male
37% (13) Female

35 voters have answered this question.

What is the highest education you have obtained?

0% (0) Some High School
8% (3) High School Diploma
31% (11) Some College
60% (21) College Degree

35 voters have answered this question.

How many hours a week do you spend using the internet?

0% (0) 0-1 hours
0% (0) 1-3 hours
0% (0) 3-5 hours
100% (35) 5+ hours

35 voters have answered this question.

Do you currently have broadband internet service?

97% (33) Yes
2% (1) No

34 voters have answered this question.

Would you like to have broadband internet service?

11% (4) Yes
0% (0) No
88% (31) I currently have broadband internet service

35 voters have answered this question.

Is cost the main factor restricting you from broadband internet service?

0% (0) Yes
2% (1) No
97% (34) I currently have broadband internet service

35 voters have answered this question.

What is your satisfaction level with your broadband internet service?

40% (14) Very Satified
51% (18) Satisfied
5% (2) Displeased
0% (0) Very Displeased
2% (1) I do not have broadband internet service

35 voters have answered this question.

Is internet use a necessity for your profession?

82% (29) Yes
17% (6) No

35 voters have answered this question.

Broadband Internet represents the future of high speed internet

50% (17) Strongly Agree
29% (10) Agree
20% (7) Neutral
0% (0) Disagree
0% (0) Strongly Disagree

34 voters have answered this question.

The National Broadband Plan is the Obama administration’s plan to extend Broadband/high speed internet access to a lot more people than currently have it, including bringing broadband to rural areas throughout the nation and making it affordable for more people.The government should be getting involved in spreading internet access instead of private companies.

20% (7) Strongly Agree
20% (7) Agree
22% (8) Neutral
25% (9) Disagree
11% (4) Strongly Disagree

35 voters have answered this question.

The US government becoming heavily involved in the spreading of Broadband access will stifle entrepreneurial ingenuity / industry growth by creating unfair monopolies or other distortions by making the market uncompetitive.

14% (5) Strongly Agree
20% (7) Agree
17% (6) Neutral
37% (13) Disagree
11% (4) Strongly Disagree

35 voters have answered this question.

The Obama administration argues that extended broadband access will increase civic engagement and increase transparency of government (the general idea is that more government documents will be uploaded to the internet for people to read to know exactly what is going on in government). The increased broadband access will lead to higher civic engagement.

8% (3) Strongly Agree
42% (15) Agree
17% (6) Neutral
22% (8) Disagree
8% (3) Strongly Disagree

35 voters have answered this question.

Do you think extended broadband access will increase America’s educational capabilities in the 21st century?

62% (22) Large increase
31% (11) Little increase
5% (2) No increase
0% (0) Decrease

35 voters have answered this question.

Extended broadband access will be conducive to a stronger and better working democracy in the 21st century.

17% (6) Strongly Agree
40% (14) Agree
37% (13) Neutral
2% (1) Disagree
2% (1) Strongly Disagree

35 voters have answered this question.

Other countries are implementing their own National Broadband Plans over the coming years (for example, South Korea is investing $28.3 billion to upgrade existing networks financed by a partnership of private companies and the government). Do you think the US should implement a Broadband Plan to keep up with other countries, or implement a Broadband Plan regardless of the activities of other countries?

14% (5) Implement broadband plans relative to other countries
47% (16) Implement broadband plans regardless of other countries plans
38% (13) Government should not implement broadband plans

34 voters have answered this question.

Do you think broadband internet access will play a large part in America’s economic supremacy in the 21st century?

87% (29) Yes – extended broadband access is a necessary component if America wishes to remain one of the world’s largest economic superpowers
12% (4) No – extended broadband access does not have anything to do with economic power

33 voters have answered this question.

The extended broadband access will be dangerous for US security? (cyber threats, hackers, digital attacks on national security).

5% (2) Strongly Agree
22% (8) Agree
31% (11) Neutral
31% (11) Disagree
8% (3) Strongly Disagree

35 voters have answered this question.

Society is better off without the internet.

0% (0) Strongly Agree
0% (0) Agree
8% (3) Neutral
17% (6) Disagree
74% (26) Strongly Disagree

35 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 2010-06-13 22:50:15 by CSCI 110 Group 4
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