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ERIC Number: ED499068
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The 2005 Minnesota Internet Study: An Examination of Metro/Rural Differences in Digital Technology Adoption
Center for Rural Policy and Development
Since 2001 the Center for Rural Policy & Development (CRPD) has annually conducted surveys of rural Minnesota households to discern the level of computer ownership, Internet connectivity and broadband adoption throughout rural Minnesota. Since the beginning of this longitudinal effort, significant increases in technology adoption have been observed and reported. This is especially true in the continually increasing number of rural Minnesotans who connect to the Internet using a broadband connection. Throughout the years, however, data and information, while useful to both industry and policy makers, was continually met with the question, "How do these numbers compare with households in Minnesota's seven-county metro area?" In 2005, CRPD conducted two separate surveys simultaneously, one for the seven-county Twin Cities area and one for the 80 counties of Greater Minnesota. Findings suggest that both computer ownership and Internet connectivity remain relatively flat throughout rural Minnesota, at 62 percent and 54 percent respectively. Comparable data from the seven-county Twin Cities metro suggest that there are indeed differences in technology adoption between rural and metro areas. 73 percent of metro households report having home computers; 64 percent have an Internet connection; and 44 percent report having a broadband connection. Findings continue to show that technology adoption is strongly correlated with key socio-demographic factors, and that broadband users tend to spend more time online than dial-up users and engage in more online activities. (Contains 9 figures and 4 tables.)
Center for Rural Policy and Development. 600 South Fifth Street Suite 211, Saint Peter, MN 56082. Tel: 507-934-7700; Fax: 507-934-7704; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Univ., Mankato. Center for Rural Policy and Development.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota