Home Internet access reaches critical mass in U.S., report says

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More than half the U.S. population now has access to the Web from home, according to the July 2000 Internet ratings report from Nielsen/NetRatings. Nearly 144 million people in the U.S. have access to the Internet from home, compared to 106.3 million a year ago. That's a growth rate of 35% over the past year. Lower prices for PCs and competitive rates for high-speed Internet access is increasing demand for Internet use, the company said. U.S. Internet users spent nearly 10 hours a month online, an increase of 26% over the past year, while page views have doubled in the same period from 353 to 709 page views per month. Unique sites, however, declined from 12 unique sites visited in July 1999 to 10 unique sites visited in July 2000.

Copyright August 2000, Crain Communications Inc.

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