Nearly one in three US households with a web connection now have broadband internet access.

So says the Pew Internet and American Life Project, which found that the number of broadband homes jumped by 50% between March 2002 and March 2003.

However, such rapid growth is unlikely to last. The study found that around 57% of dial-up surfers say they are happy with their existing connections, while in many rural areas broadband is not yet an option.

The survey also found that America’s total online population has remained fairly flat in the last year. Internet penetration stayed at around 58% of adults.

Data sourced from: New York Times; additional content by WARC staff