NEW YORK — The rich are doing it more often. Getting wired, that is, according to fresh figures from Internet measurement service Nielsen/Net Ratings.

The trend marks a sharp reversal of a dynamic that had prevailed since 2000, which saw lower-income households, or those with annual incomes of less than $50,000, gaining Internet access more rapidly than their upper-income counterparts. (The country’s average household income is $55,000, based on the 2002 U.S. Census.) It’s a change reflecting both the shaky state of the U.S. economy and the Internet’s growing availability to white-collar workers in their workplaces, noted Lisa Strand, chief analyst and director of e-commerce at Milpitas, Calif.-based NetRatings.

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