BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — In its fifth out of six reports, the 2022 Louisiana Survey shows residents’ opinions on high-speed internet access.
Researchers said 75% of Louisiana adults have broadband internet service at home, six percent have internet but don’t consider it as “high-speed” service, and 20% have no internet service at home. The survey also said 18% of residents don’t have internet service at home but own a smartphone and six percent have neither broadband service at home nor a smartphone.
Only five percent of residents said they don’t have internet service at home or a smartphone, according to the survey’s report.
Of those without internet service at home, 54%, said they would like to have it while 42% said they were uninterested in the service, according to the Louisiana Survey. However, 42% of Louisianans without internet service at home answered the survey saying they don’t have the service because it is not available where they live.
Although broadband access seems to be a great issue for residents, according to the survey, 64% said the cost was why they don’t have internet service.
In March, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana was going to receive nearly $30 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce for broadband expansion in some parishes.
Cox and ConnectLA have said they’re participating in the Affordable Connectivity Program, which helps provide homes with internet access needed for work, school, healthcare, and more at an affordable rate. To learn more about the program, click here.