The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) recently released a newsletter on internet access in the state of Piauí.
According to the document, the majority of people who access the internet in the state do so through fixed or mobile broadband, with the fixed band modality being present in around 90.2% of households with internet access in the state. Piauí, followed by mobile band, in 60.3% of households.
Furthermore, the internet access device indicated by the vast majority of people was the cell phone, with 98.9% of preference. Next, but with considerable difference, comes television.
However, the document also points out that many people still do not have access to the internet in the state. Among the main reasons given for not having internet access at home are: the fact that no resident knows how to use the internet (32.1%); internet access service considered expensive (28.8%); and lack of need (25.6%).
Another important fact is that the proportion of people without internet access increases as they age. More than half of people aged 60 or over do not have access to the internet in the state, while the age group between 30 and 39 years old had only 7.4% of people without internet access.
Given these data, it is important that telecommunications companies and the government invest in public policies to expand internet access in the state, especially for the elderly population. Furthermore, it is essential that quality services are offered at affordable prices so that more people can enjoy the benefits of the internet.
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