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One in six use wireless Net, survey finds

One in six U.S. Internet users have gone online using wireless technology, a new survey released says. Overall, it found Internet use continues to grow, with nearly two-thirds of adults logging on.
/ Source: Reuters

One in six U.S. Internet users have logged on using "Wi-Fi" or another wireless technology, according to a survey released Tuesday that found continued growth in Internet use.

The Pew Internet and American Life Project found more U.S. adults than ever use the Internet and participate in a wider range of activity via the medium than previously measured.

Seventeen percent have logged on using a wireless device, and those under 27 were nearly twice as likely to have done so.

Another sign of how Wi-Fi is growing in popularity came Tuesday, as Wayport Inc. announced it would provide wireless access to customers in McDonald’s restaurants in the United States. McDonald’s said it is already converting hundreds of locations to Wayport service, including restaurants in San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Chicago and New York.

More broadly, the nonprofit Pew project found nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults use computers and 63 percent use the Internet.

More than half of those Internet users go online during a typical day and are increasingly participating in a wider range of activities, the survey found.

Roughly one-quarter have participated in online auctions and 65 percent have bought products online.

The Pew group surveyed 2,204 adults between Feb. 3 and March 1, 1,304 of whom were Internet users. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.