[Air-l] american internet penetration stats?

E.J.Helsper at lse.ac.uk E.J.Helsper at lse.ac.uk
Thu Sep 7 04:59:13 PDT 2006

Hi Nancy,
I was going to suggest you look at http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats2.htm. But I just realised that these do not go further back than 2000 either. I thought I'd send you the link any way even if it won't answer your question. Hope it might be of use to you or someone else.The world internet project has data for the same years (www.digitalcenter.org).
Could you post a message to the list if you do find a good resource for data before 2000? I would be very interested in obtaining this information myself.
Best wishes,
Ellen J. Helsper
Media and Communications Department
London School of Economics and Political Science


From: Kris Markman [mailto:krism at alumni.utexas.net]
Sent: Wed 9/6/2006 21:35
To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
Subject: Re: [Air-l] american internet penetration stats?

>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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