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CENSUS: Majority of homes still without computer, internet access

Published:Thursday | October 18, 2012 | 9:18 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Gleaner Writer

Statistics from the 2011 Population and Housing Census have shown that a majority of Jamaican households are still without computers and internet access.

The data in the 2011 Population and Housing Census highlight that of 881,078 households, 612,706 have no computers.

This means only 246,042 households had a computer.

Meanwhile, only 163,314 of the more than 800,000 households in the country have internet access.

The figures show that 21,488 households have dial-up connections, while 138, 328 homes have access through broadband and another 3,498 though some other medium.

Earlier this year researchers in the information, communication technology sector expressed concern that the digital divide especially between rural and urban areas was widening.