Status: Getting worse

Getting worse

Most Recent Data:
41.5 percent (2020)

60.8 percent

Desired Direction:
Increase desired

55.9 percent of adults aged 18 years and over reported having broadband access to the Internet in 2017

Increase the proportion of adults with broadband access to the Internet

Target-Setting Method
Percentage point improvement


Most adults in the United States use the internet, but many of them don’t have broadband service at home. There are disparities in home broadband service by race/ethnicity, age, geographic location, education, and income. More hospitals and health systems are using internet-based communication and health care tools, so strategies to increase broadband internet access are important for improving health.