Figures vary but the number that the FCC has reported is widely criticized as being too low because it relies on crude maps that are based on self-reported data from the broadband providers. They say that 24.7 million Americans don't have broadband access, which would amount to about 7.5% of the US population. Microsoft, OTOH, say that 162.8 million Americans are not accessing the internet at broadband speeds. That would amount to nearly half of us! Microsoft: FCC's broadband coverage maps are way off I would bet that the truth lies somewhere in between. Note that the FCC is talking about broadband availability while Microsoft is talking about those who actually access the internet at broadband speeds. There are certainly some Americans who *can* pay for broadband service (i.e. reliable download speeds of at least 25 Mbps) if they choose to but who do not. Still though, hard to imagine that there are enough who fall into that category to substantiate Microsoft's figure. At any rate, I can tell you that the federal government states that about 20% of Americans are classified as living in rural areas (vs. urban or suburban). We know for sure that our rural population is by far the most hit by lack of broadband access. But we also know that *some* folks out in the country and in small towns which qualify as rural under the federal definition DO have at least one broadband provider (cable, fiber co-op, etc.). So, all that to say, 15% strikes me as a plausible figure. Might be somewhat higher, could be a little lower.