2002 Rural Minnesota Internet Study How rural Minnesotans are adopting and using communication technology

Growth in the overall number of people owning home computers or in the overall number of people connecting to the Internet between 2001 and 2002 appears to be flat. As in 2001, approximately 60% of rural Minnesota households own a working computer and of those with a computer, approximately 80% are connected to the Internet. Consequently, the overall percentage of rural Minnesotans “online,” remains at 47 percent.

When it comes to technology adoption, income is a major factor. Computer ownership, Internet use and high-speed access all significantly increased with income. Nearly two-thirds of those with highspeed service reported household incomes over $50,000. And while 84 percent of respondents with incomes of $75,000 and over reported being online, only 25 percent of respondents with incomes under $25,000 reported being online.

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