[ssrn] The Internet has become an important tool for businesses, households, and governments to interact with each other in the creation of economic activity. The growth of Internet use over the past 10-15 years has been impressive - over 63 percent of rural residents count themselves as Internet users. Questions remain, however, about equal access to the Internet; particularly through the high-speed connections required to fully experience the Internet’s potential. This report looks at growth in broadband Internet use among rural and urban residents and households and discusses some of the issues and data needs that require more attention among researchers and policymakers.
Rural Broadband at a Glance 2009 Edition