January 21, 2001

The Internet ratings report for the month of January 2001 from Nielsen//NetRatings reveals that Internet penetration has reached 60 percent in the U.S., with more than 168 million people having Web access from either the home or the workplace in January. These numbers account for the overlap of Web surfers who have access to the Internet from both work and home. Viewed separately, at-work Internet penetration accounted for 14 percent of all Web access or 41 million office workers, while home Internet access comprised 58 percent or 162 million surfers.

Internet access continued to grow at a steady pace over the past few months, increasing eight percent since October 2000

"The Web is now an integral part of the average person's daily life," said Allen Weiner, vice president of analytical services, NetRatings. "People are conducting a wide range of their day-to-day activities online, such as banking, tax filing, sending invitations, shopping and corresponding with friends and family."

For more information at http://www.nielsen-netratings.com.

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