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FCC survey shows need to teach broadband basics


WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal survey suggests you can lead a broadband cable to Americans who aren't on the Internet, but you can't make them log on without some help.

The Federal Communications Commission's first-ever survey on Internet usage says of the 35 percent of adults who don't have broadband, more than a third say it's too expensive. Nineteen percent say they don't see it as relevant to their lives and 22 percent lack what the FCC calls "digital literacy."

Nearly two-thirds of those who don't use broadband complain of too much pornography and offensive material online and 57 percent worry about identity theft.

The study of 5,000 Americans comes a month before the FCC is due to hand Congress policy recommendations on how to make affordable, high-speed Internet access a reality for everyone. It concludes that those who aren't connected today need to be taught how to navigate the Web and avoid hazards such as Internet scams.

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