The number of broadband users grew 50% last year, according to the latest memo from the Pew Internet Project.

CyberAtlas is running an interesting chart based on Pew’s data that shows broadband users and experienced dial-up users are pretty similar in their online activities. Not surprisingly, they use a lot more streaming media. However, the only traditional Web activity whose use seems to be increased by broadband is reading news.

Pew predicts that the pace of broadband adoption is likely to slow as most ready buyers cannot get access.

Slowing growth rates for broadband adoption could lead to price cuts in the near future. Don’t sign any long-term contracts.