Broadband access expanding

Report: 76 percent of Iowa households adopted broadband

The Gazette
Published: April 18 2014 | 12:00 pm - Updated: 18 April 2014 | 12:36 pm in Business Rotator,

New data shows that broadband adoption in Iowa has risen to 76 percent of households, according to Connect Iowa, a non-profit that promotes broadband access.

This is up from 66 percent in 2010.

The Iowa adoption rate surpasses the national rate. According to the Pew Research Center, the national broadband adoption rate in 2013 was 70 percent, a 4 percentage point increase since 2012.

“A 10 percentage point increase in adoption since 2010 shows that the efforts of Connect Iowa and our partners to bridge the digital divide are paying dividends,” said Connect Iowa Program Manager Amy Kuhlers in a news release.

Other findings from the 2013 residential survey:

l More than 113,000 school-age children in Iowa still do not have broadband access at home.

l Nearly 650,000 working-age adults in Iowa would need assistance with tasks that are often required by employers, such as creating a spreadsheet, going online from a mobile device, using a word processor, or sending an email.

l Two out of three non-adopters in Iowa said that it would be easier for them to shop, seek out health care information, or interact with government offices if they had Internet access at home.

The 2013 Residential Technology Assessment was conducted in late 2013 and includes responses from 1,229 residents.

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