[bbc] A majority of Americans believe the government's plan to deliver a high speed internet connection to every citizen by 2020 is either not important or should not be embarked upon.
The Pew Internet Project said 52% of survey respondents felt that way while 40% felt the issue was a top priority.
The surprise outcome comes amid a fierce debate about broadband.
"We are in economic hard times and any government spending is a hard sell," said report author Aaron Smith.
"The recession could be behind this sentiment that other issues are more important. It could also be that many non-users are nervous about a government promoting technology that they don't use, are unsure of and see as not really offering much of a clear benefit to them," Mr Smith told BBC News.
US broadband plan 'not a priority' finds survey