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Rural Broadband At A Glance, 2009 Edition

by Peter Stenberg and Sarah A. Low

Economic Information Bulletin No. (EIB-47) 2 pp, February 2009

Three-quarters of U.S. residents used the Internet to access information, education, and services in 2007. Broadband Internet access is becoming essential for both businesses and households; many compare its evolution to other technologies now considered common necessities—such as cars, electricity, televisions, microwave ovens, and cell phones. Although rural residents enjoy widespread access to the Internet, they are less likely to have high-speed, or broadband, Internet access than their urban counterparts. Circumstantial evidence suggests that the difference in access may lie in the higher cost and limited availability of broadband Internet in rural areas. As a result, rural residents depend more on Internet use outside of the home, in places like the library, school, and work, where broadband Internet access is available.

Keywords: Internet, broadband, high-speed internet, telemedicine, rural, urban, Census data, Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS)

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Last updated: Saturday, May 26, 2012

For more information contact: Peter Stenberg and Sarah A. Low