Broadband on farms

I’m starting to see maps in my dreams! First the Connect Minnesota maps – now the Daily Yonder has done a nice article on maps from the federal Census of Agriculture on broadband on farms.

The Ag Census is done every 5 years. In 2002, it indicated that half of the 2.2 million farms surveyed had some sort of Internet access. In 2007 that number has increased to a whopping 56.5 percent; 33 percent had broadband.
That surprises me – a lot. I would have thought that number would have been so much higher. I can’t imagine running a business without broadband, never mind Internet access.

The Midwest fares a little better than the average with 33.4 percent of farms with “fast Internet access”.

Here are the stats from Minnesota:

  • Number of farms: 80,915
  • Percent with “fast internet”: 37.1 percent

The Census also shows that farms in urban counties were more likely to have broadband access than rural and exurban counties – so I’m sure that the Twin Cities are skewing the statewide results. In fact the county with the best percentage has 81.1 percent broadband; while the lowest percent in a county has 31.8 percent. (The surveys asked: Did the farm operator at any time in 2007 have internet access? And, did the farm operator have a high speed Internet connection? The Census did not ask about price or the kind of connection the operator purchased — DSL, cable, satellite.)

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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