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Welcome to Data Central, home of the NTIA Internet Use Survey and a central resource for 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. For nearly 30 years, the NTIA Internet Use Survey has provided valuable data to better inform policymakers and researchers about the state of Internet and device use in the U.S.

To facilitate the public’s access to the NTIA Internet Use Survey, NTIA makes 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:

BroadbandUSA Data & Mapping:

NTIA’s BroadbandUSA created the Indicators of Broadband Need map using data sourced from the American Community Survey collected by the U.S. Census, Ookla, Measurement Lab (M-Lab), Microsoft and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). BroadbandUSA also allows for Community Reports to be generated for each state and county in the United States, offering broadband and socio-economic metrics for the area selected.

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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