The internet is becoming more important than ever.
It is also becoming a less expensive alternative to paying for the cable and satellite bills that once made the internet so essential.
That’s the view of a new report from the Public Knowledge Institute.
It predicts that by 2025, the average American household will pay about $1,000 for internet access, up from $500 five years ago.
And it says that by 2035, that number will reach $10,000.
This will be a big deal, because while the internet is the most widely used form of communications, it’s also the most expensive, and that could make it difficult for many people to access it without paying.
That includes households that don’t have internet access in rural areas, or those with no landline access at all.
In those areas, many rural Americans don’t receive enough broadband service to meet their needs, said David Kamin, a senior policy analyst at Public Knowledge.
The average household spends an average of $7,000 a year on internet access.
That figure includes costs for the phone service, broadband and other cable and phone service.
But it also includes the cost of the cable TV packages and other packages, which many households are unlikely to use, Kamin said.
That means the cost per user could grow substantially over the next few years.
According to the report, by 2040, about 90 percent of households will pay at least some of their income on internet.
But in 2025, that could increase to 90 percent.
“This could mean that the average household’s monthly income would go up substantially in the next five years,” Kamin wrote in a blog post announcing the report.
That’s bad news for rural America.
Rural Americans are already under the economic pressure to pay more for internet service.
Rural America in 2025 is projected to spend an average $3,878 on cable and telephone service.
The total amount of that $3.878 will be $5,872 in 2040.
That is more than the amount the average person spends on food, clothing, housing and transportation in 2020, Kampelman said.
But the report said that it was the impact of the rise in internet costs that most concerned rural communities.
Rural communities are not going to have access to all the services that are affordable, said Kamin.
“The problem is the rural population doesn’t have a lot of choices,” he said.
The Public Knowledge report comes as Congress considers how to rein in the $10 billion broadband tax credit, which the White House is trying to encourage by offering a $10 credit for people in rural and small town areas who don’t own broadband.
But Kamin warned that there could be consequences to the $2 billion or more that is available to states and localities to provide internet to rural residents.
The program has been controversial, as a result of accusations that it subsidizes broadband providers in rural communities over the internet.
In 2018, President Trump proposed that the program be eliminated, and it was subsequently repealed.
But the Congressional Budget Office found that it saved rural communities about $6.5 billion.
Kampelas report also calls for Congress to provide incentives for states and cities to provide broadband service, which would help rural Americans pay for internet.
“Incentives like this are one of the ways that we can help rural communities make the transition to broadband access, said Mike Schmitt, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and author of “Why Rural America Is Getting More Internet Than You Think.”
If Congress does move forward with these recommendations, they will likely have to be paid for, he said, adding that a lot depends on how much broadband providers are willing to subsidize.
Kamin is optimistic that the federal government will provide some of the subsidies.
The Federal Communications Commission voted in April to begin accepting applications for subsidies from states, municipalities and telecommunications companies, though they have to start by the end of July.
The agency has yet to decide how much to spend on subsidies.