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Welcome to Data Central, home to NTIA data and analysis on computer and Internet use in the United States. NTIA first commissioned the U.S. Census Bureau to collect data on Americans’ use of computers in November 1994. Since that time, NTIA has periodically sponsored data collections on Internet use and the devices Americans use to go online as a supplement to the Census Bureau’s annual Current Population Survey (CPS); analyzed the data; and reported the findings. In recent years, NTIA has also linked to the raw datasets on the Census Bureau website.

To facilitate the public’s access to the CPS Internet use data, NTIA is now making these data available here, and has developed an important tool to help site visitors find information quickly. Our Data Explorer tool enables users to select from dozens of metrics tracked over time, as well as a number of demographic characteristics, and charts the requested data. NTIA invites your feedback at as we continually improve Data Central.

Looking for other NTIA data? You can also check out:

Federal Government Spectrum Compendium:

In order to address the nation’s growing interest in and demand for radio spectrum, NTIA, in consultation with the federal agencies, has developed a compendium of detailed reports describing federal spectrum uses from 225 MHz to 5 GHz.

Broadband Availability Data:

NTIA, in collaboration with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and in partnership with 50 states, five territories and the District of Columbia, has collected data tracking the availability of broadband in every neighborhood in America. The data were collected as part of NTIA’s State Broadband Initiative, which began closing out on January 31, 2015.


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