Broadband access tough to get on farms according to the United Soybean Board

Progressive Farmer reports on the state of broadband on farms based on a survey of 2000 farmers by the United Soybean Board. I’ve compiled the statistics they report into bullet points:

  • 60 percent of farmers say they don’t have enough internet connectivity to run their businesses
  • 59 percent of farmers that participated in the study said they want to incorporate more data into their operations
  • 78 percent of farmers don’t have a choice in internet service providers
  • 40 percent of farmers have a fixed internet connection, while others rely on satellite connections.
  • More than 90 percent access the internet on their smartphones, which they say is the most reliable.

Why do they want broadband?

  • 37 percent wanted to increase their use of data to make better decisions
  • 19 percent want to use it to improve their efficiency
  • 10 percent cited cost savings
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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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