Some groups that have lagged in signing up for high-speed internet service, like the elderly, the poor, and rural residents, have started to gain on those who have had a head start, reports the Associated Press. Those conclusions, from a new survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, come as the government is set to decide how to spend $7.2 billion in stimulus money on expanding the availability of broadband. Broadband usage among those 65 or older grew from 19 percent in May 2008 to 30 percent this April, according to the survey. Among households with annual income of less than $20,000, 35 percent subscribed to broadband this year, compared with 25 percent last year. By contrast, broadband penetration for households that earn more than $75,000 per year, already well connected, remained roughly unchanged at 85 percent. And in rural America, a target for the broadband stimulus money, broadband penetration is now 46 percent, up from 38 percent. The nationwide average was 63 percent, up from 55 percent a year ago, suggesting a resilient demand for broadband even through a recession…

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