71 mln US households to have broadband by 2010

By 2010, 62% of US households will have broadband access to the Internet, 53% will own a laptop, and 37% will use a digital video recorder (DVR) to gain control over how and when they watch TV, Forrester Research says. 29% of North American households connected to the Internet were using broadband connections in 2004, up from 19% in 2003. Broadband access will more than double this decade, reaching 71 mln US households in 2010. Only 8.8% of US households have a home network today, dominated by households with multiple PCs and broadband access to the Internet. Benefits like surfing the Internet while watching TV, shopping in the kitchen, and listening to digital music in the living room will drive home networking adoption to 46.5 mln households by 2010. In 2004, MP3 player adoption more than doubled to 10.8 mln of US households; 15 mln US households bought digital cameras; and 8 mln households purchased laptops.