The first billion of internet users in the world was reached in 2005, second billion in 2010 and the third billion in 2014.
Now that’s some growth. The United States is ranked third in the world with the number of internet users. However, the U.S. remains a patchwork of internet users with 90.1 percent of residents in the state of New Hampshire using the internet, while 59.3 percent of Mississippi residents are internet users.
According to data reported in March of 2017 from the United States Telecommunications Report, Oregon comes in with the sixth highest concentration rate of internet users at 86.1 percent, or 3,327,971 households, using the internet. In 1998, 1,356,308 households (then 41.2 percent) were online.
In addition, Oregon has the highest proportion (53.6%) of laptop computer internet users of any state in the country, according to a 2015 report from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration,.
Here’s a breakdown of the top 10 states by internet adoption rate (March/2017):
- New Hampshire (90.1%)
- New Jersey (87.8%)
- Utah (87.6%)
- Connecticut (86.5%)
- Massachusetts (86.2%)
- Oregon (86.1%)
- Washington (85.7%)
- Alaska (84%)
- Wisconsin (83%)
- Maine (82.8%)
To support the growing number of users and increasing demands for faster internet service, BendBroadband has been working on multiple network upgrades, some of which will complete this fall. We plan to communicate additional updates as these networks upgrades are completed.