2002 Rural Minnesota Internet Study Examining the telecommunications needs of Greater Minnesota companies

The purpose of this study is to establish a baseline from which rural Minnesota’s manufacturing and technology-based companies can be monitored in their technology adoption and deployment. Of equal importance is its ability to help organizations like Minnesota Technology Inc. to better focus their technology and business assistance activities in Greater Minnesota.

Overall, the study documented that over 90 percent of the firms subscribe to an Internet service, with almost half (47%) reporting that they still used a dial-up Internet connection in their business. However, it is important to recognize that these 47 percent of businesses are not randomly distributed across all types and sizes of companies surveyed. Specifically, companies with higher gross sales and a greater number of employees were more than twice as likely to report that they use broadband services over dial-up.

Read the full manufacturers survey report here.


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