[Air-l] american internet penetration stats?

Kris Markman krism at alumni.utexas.net
Wed Sep 6 13:35:01 PDT 2006

>Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2006 10:51:25 -0500
>From: Nancy Baym <nbaym at ku.edu>
>Has anyone got a good source of estimates of internet penetration in
>the United States over time? I am fanmiliar with Hobbes Internet
>Timelines' charts of total hosts, but that is not specifically
>American, and with Pew's charts, but those have enormous gaps prior
>to 2000. What I am hoping for is a simple summary of what percentage
>of Americans used the internet in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, etc.

This doesn't exactly answer your question, but the US Census Bureau 
began asking questions about Internet use on its Computer Use and 
Ownership survey in 1997.

There are items that hint at the existence of the Internet on the 
surveys prior to that year (i.e. the use of "bulletin boards"), but 
apparently the Internet was not on the government's radar until the 
late 90s.

Hope that help!
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