DWELLING INTERNET CONNECTION
This topic records whether anyone in the household accesses the internet from the dwelling. Data gained from this question provides information about the number and characteristics of people who lack access to the internet and may therefore be in danger of social exclusion. The data gained from this question can be used with other data to allow the fine level of disaggregation required by users.
The 2016 question differs from the 2011 question in that it asks about people accessing the internet from the dwelling and not about type of internet connection to the dwelling.
Data on internet and computer use by individuals was collected for the first time in the 2001 Census. In 2006 and 2011, a question on dwelling internet connection asked whether private dwellings had an internet connection and about the type of connection (i.e. broadband, dial-up or other). The 2016 question asks whether private dwellings have any people who access the internet from the dwelling, without details of the type of connection.
Information Communications Technology (ICT) is a very dynamic field, and this rapid growth has created many new information needs. Increasingly, interest is focusing on more complex issues such as the capacities of particular technologies, and the personal use of ICT. For these reasons the wording in this question is very likely to be reviewed for the 2021 Census.
The following question is from the paper 2016 Census Household Form.