Updated Data shows 85.4 percent of Minnesotans use the Internet

NTIA reports…

Today, NTIA is releasing results of its latest NTIA Internet Use Survey, which show that nearly 4 out of 5 Americans were using the Internet by November 2019, and are increasingly using a larger and more varied range of devices. Even as seniors and other demographic groups reported encouraging increases in Internet use, the data show that a persistent digital divide still exists based on income levels, age groups, and race, among other factors.

This is the fifteenth edition of the survey—the product of a partnership between NTIA and the U.S. Census Bureau that spans a quarter century—and it includes over 50 detailed questions about computer and Internet use administered to approximately 50,000 households across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The NTIA Internet Use Survey is a vital data source for policymakers, researchers, and advocates seeking to understand critical questions related to Internet use and help bridge the digital divide.

In Minnesota they report 85.4 percent of Minnesota have used the Internet with a margin of error of ±3.5 percent. In 1998, the percentage was 41.5 percent.

Here are some other stats for Minnesota:

  • Internet use at home: 82.2 percent
  • Internet use at a public place (library coffee shop) 17.3 percent
  • For those without access at home here are the top reasons:
  • Not interested: 63.5 percent
  • Too expensive: 8.1 percent
  • No computer: .9 percent
  • Not available: 0 percent

Type of broadband:

  • Mobile: 88.1 percent
  • Wired service at home: 83.5 percent
  • Satellite: 3.9 percent
  • Dialup: .1 percent

You can see more on the NTIA website. My hope it that eventually this data would be available by county!

This entry was posted in Digital Divide, MN, Research by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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