Broadband Internet’s Value for Rural America
by Peter Stenberg
, Mitch Morehart
, Stephen Vogel
, John Cromartie
, Vince Breneman
, and Dennis Brown
Economic Research Report No. (ERR-78) 70 pp, August 2009
As broadband—or high-speed—Internet use has spread, Internet applications requiring high transmission speeds have become an integral part of the “Information Economy,” raising concerns about those who lack broadband access. This report analyzes (1) rural broadband use by consumers, the community-at-large, and businesses; (2) rural broadband availability; and (3) broadband’s social and economic effects on rural areas. It also summarizes results from an ERS-sponsored workshop on rural broadband use, and other ERS-commissioned studies. In general, rural communities have less broadband Internet use than metro communities, with differing degrees of broadband availability across rural communities. Rural communities that had greater broadband Internet access had greater economic growth, which conforms to supplemental research on the benefits that rural businesses, consumers, and communities ascribe to broadband Internet use.
Keywords: Internet, broadband, high-speed Internet, rural economies, rural economic growth, digital economy, telemedicine, rural, urban, Census data, June Agricultural Survey, Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS)
In this publication...
- Report Summary,
- Abstract, Contents, and Summary,
- The Internet Economy,
- Broadband Internet Adoption and Use,
- Geography of Rural Broadband Providers,
- Broadband’s Effect on the Rural Economy,
- Rural Communities and Broadband Internet Use,
- Broadband Availability Leads to Use,
- Broadband Internet Use and Rural Businesses,
- Entire report,
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