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1 Price Sensitivity of Broadband Non-Adopters Tom Koutsky February 7, 2013

2 If home broadband service was offered at a price you considered acceptable? 53% of non-adopters report not being price sensitive Price incentive strategies alone will not resolve the demand gap across America 2 HOW MUCH DOES PRICE MATTER? I would not subscribe (not price sensitive) 53% I dont know 8%

3 3 All Non- Adopters Price- Sensitive Not Price- Sensitive Own a home computer53%67%41% Subscribe to dial-up service25%32%19% Use the Internet outside of the home35%39%24% Children living at home31%45%21% Employed44%57%35% Hispanic24%31%20% Average annual household income (self-reported)$35,800$37,800$33,400 Average age PRICE SENSITIVE NON-ADOPTERS

4 4 Top Reported Barrier to Adoption All Non- Adopters Price- Sensitive Not Price- Sensitive The monthly cost of service is too expensive 18%27%13% There is nothing on the Internet that I want to see or use 18%7%26% The cost of a computer is too expensive 7%9%6% Broadband isn't available in my area 7%14%3% The Internet is too complicated 6%3%8% I don't feel comfortable using a computer 5%2%7% I can get access somewhere else 5%6%5% Concerns about fraud or identity theft 4% 5% Activation and installation fees are too expensive 4%5%3% I don't know anything about broadband 4%3% I don't go online very often from home 3%2%3% Available service is not fast enough 1% Other barrier 9%10%8% Dont know/refused 6%4%7% BARRIERS TO BROADBAND ADOPTION

5 5 DemographicsBS.E.WaldDfSig. Odds Ratio Computer ownership (ref: no computer at home) Internet use someplace other than home (ref: no use outside of home) Use the Internet via cell phone (ref: No Internet use via cell phone) Main barrier to broadband adoption (ref: Cost) Digital literacy Relevance Availability Other Race/Ethnicity (ref: White, non-Hispanic) African American Asian Hispanic Other Age(ref:18-34) or older = significant at 95% confidence MARGINAL IMPACT OF DEMOGRAPHIC FACTORS ON NON-ADOPTERS PRICE SENSITIVITY – BINARY LOGISTIC MODEL

6 6 = significant at 95% confidence MARGINAL IMPACT OF DEMOGRAPHIC FACTORS ON NON-ADOPTERS PRICE SENSITIVITY – EXPANDED MODEL DemographicsBS.E.WaldDfSig. Odds Ratio Educational attainment(ref: Advanced degree) Less than high school High school graduate Some college College graduate Presence of children (ref: no children at home) Employment (ref: employed full-time or part-time) Retired Disabled, not working outside the home Unemployed Other not employed Annual Household Income (ref: $75,000 or more) Less than $15, $15,000 to $24, $25,000 to $34, $35,000 to $49, $50,000 to $74, Rural status (ref: Non-rural) Constant

7 Price sensitivity is significantly different across various vulnerable demographics on the wrong side of the digital divide Price-incentive broadband adoption programs will have different results across these demographic groups Policy makers or marketing strategists should complement price incentive strategies with programs addressing other barriers to entry such as awareness campaigns, digital literacy training, or free/reduced hardware If we rely on price subsidies alone, we will not close the digital divide 7 OBSERVATIONS

8 Late to the Party: How New Broadband Subscribers Compare to Early Adopters, Lets Make a Deal: Price Sensitivity and Willingness to Pay in the American Broadband Market, Connected Nation Research releases, including state-specific data reports: Connected Nation Policy Briefs: policyhttp://www.connectednation.org/data-center- policy 8 FOR MORE INFORMATION… Tom Koutsky (202)


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