Aug 11, 2010

Majority in survey think government shouldn't make broadband a priority

A just-released report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project reveals that 53 percent of Americans don't think spreading broadband availability should high on the federal priority list, and 26 percent said the government shouldn't even be doing such work. Broadband adoption has also slowed, after several years of growth. Some 66 percent of American adults currently use high-speed Internet at home, compared with 63 percent in 2009. The one anomaly across demographic groups was African Americans users. Broadband adoption in that group is at 56 percent, up from 46 percent in 2009. The survey was conducted between April 29 and May 30 from a sample of 2,252 adults ages 18 and older, including 744 surveyed on cell phones. Read the full report here (PDF).

Stars galore on new season of Sesame Street

The guest list for the 41st season of Sesame Street premiering Sept. 27, reads like a who's who of Hollywood hipness. Just a few of the actors: Jude Law, Amy Poehler, Jennifer Garner, Kyra Sedgwick, Collin Farrell, Wanda Sykes and Terrence Howard. But wait, there's more, such as music superstars Katy Perry, Usher, and NFL players Reggie Bush and LaDainian Tomlinson. And fans of the gory/sexy HBO series True Blood, stay tuned for its Sesame parody, “True Mud.”

Fascinating factoid of the day

Tavis Smiley does not own a cell phone.