This survey was conducted via telephone interview in December 2007 and January 2008 across the entire state using samples generated through a random-digit dialing method for the Twin Cities area and Greater Minnesota. The data collection process yielded 757 completed interviews from the 80 counties defining Greater Minnesota and 776 from the seven-county Twin Cities area. The data were weighted for age, based on U.S. Census data. Read the full 2007 report here.
A quick look at the major findings:
- Data from the survey indicates that the percentage of rural households subscribing to broadband increased 13 percentage points, from 39.7% at the end of 2006 to 52.3% at the end of 2007. Statewide, 57.8% of households reported subscribing to broadband, up from 49.0% at the end of 2006.
- 73% of rural Minnesota households reported owning at least one working computer, compared to 75.9% of Minnesota households overall.
- 68.2% of rural households maintained an Internet connection, compared to 71.5% of all Minnesota households.