Hi-speed Web access now in U.S. homes

Inner-city and rural users ignored, however

More Americans are getting hooked on high-speed access to the Internet, according to a report released Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission. Consumers in rural areas and inner cities, as well as low-income and minority consumers, however, continue to be ignored. Despite the gaps in access, the FCC concluded high-speed Web connections are being “deployed in a reasonable and timely fashion.” As of Dec. 31 there were 1 million subscribers of cable modems and digital subscriber line hook-ups. A year earlier, there were only 375,000 such subs. The FCC’s report was the second such inquiry by the FCC, which has been charged by Congress to study the issue.

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