Lunes 1 de Julio de 2002, Ip nš 18

Use of Internet is more active at high speed
Por Amy Harmon

People who use high-speed services to connect to the Internet from home have a much more active relationship with the online world than those who dial up to it over a regular phone line, according to a study to be released today sponsored by the Pew Research Center.

Broadband users spend almost four hours more online a week than people who dial up, performing twice as many kinds of tasks, including trading music files and telecommuting, according to the study, issued by the center's Internet in American Life Project.

Perhaps most significantly, broadband users are far more probable to contribute material of their own to cyberspace, rather than simply consuming what is out there.

About 60 percent of broadband users have produced Web sites of their own, participated in online discussion forums and shared photographs or other files over the Internet -- activities they are twice as likely to have done than dial-up users, the study found.

The findings may offer a glimpse at how the democratizing promise that the Internet originally held out might be more fully realized as broadband services are more widely adopted. To that end, the report's authors, John B. Horrigan and Lee Rainie, suggest that industry leaders note that users value fast upload speeds as well as download speeds.

About one-fifth of Internet users in the United States currently use a broadband service -- either Digital Subscriber Line or cable modem -- which provide download speeds roughly 10 times that of a conventional 56K dial-up modem. Many services limit upload speeds to half of that.

The report also casts some doubt on a popular theory that the slower-than-expected adoption of broadband services is because of the reluctance of major entertainment companies to deliver movies and music over the Internet.

''Our research suggests that most early broadband adopters find plenty to do with their fast connections, especially when it comes to creating online content and performing information searches,'' the study's authors wrote.

  24/06/2002. The New York Times.