This report is based on a survey conducted online for a period of 13 days between April 9 and April 22, 2001. The sample of broadband users was obtained from Zoomerang, an online survey clearinghouse that also hosted the survey. Below, we report the margin of errors at the 95% confidence level. For the sample of Internet users surveyed, we can say with 95% confidence that the margin of error is plus or minus 4%. For the sample of DSL users only, the margin of error is plus or minus 5% while the margin of error for the cable broadband users only is plus or minus 13%. For the sample of Bell DSL users only, the margin of error is plus or minus 7% and for the competitive DSL users only the margin of error is plus or minus 7%.
Rashmi Sinha is a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer in the School of Information Management and Systems at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Sinha has a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Brown University. Her research interests include human cognitive processes and the usability of computer interfaces. She is interested in quantitative research methods and is teaching a course on the topic at SIMS. She has published in the field of Cognitive Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction. She recently co-authored a survey on: How Californiašs Internet Service Providers View Reciprocal Compensation.
Audrie Krause is the founder and executive director of NetAction, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting use of the Internet for grassroots citizen action, and educating the public and policy makers about technology policy. A former journalist and longtime consumer advocate, she has previously served as executive director of Toward Utility Rate Normalization (TURN), a California utility watchdog group, and of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), a national organization that promotes responsible use of technology.
Theresa Chen, a NetAction intern, graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in May 2001, and will be starting an information technology fellowship at Common Ground in New York City in September. Ms. Chen assisted with research.