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NTIA’s third Broadband Brief, published in November 2013, explores broadband availability in the workplace, focusing on the manufacturing and information sectors. While the manufacturing and information sectors both represent important segments of the US economy, manufacturing jobs tend to be concentrated in rural areas and have access to lower broadband speeds, while information jobs tend to be concentrated in urban areas and have access to higher broadband speeds.
Using five categories of analysis, based on degrees of urbanization, the report looks at differences in broadband availability in the workplace across the rural-urban continuum. Findings include:
- Broadband speeds increased across all geographies and all sectors between June 2011 and June 2012
- Nearly all jobs are now located in an area with at least basic broadband access (3mbps download, 768kbps upload)
- 50 percent of jobs are located in areas with download speeds of 100mbps
- Jobs in very rural areas (11 residents or 2 jobs per square miles) were less likely to have access to higher broadband speeds, with only one-third of businesses having access to download speeds of 50mpbs or higher
- Even with significant increases in speed availability, manufacturing jobs remain less likely to have access to higher broadband speeds
Previous Broadband Briefs have explored broadband availability and the rural/urban divide by community typology.
New broadband maps are now posted! Broadband service, speed, and maximum adverstised download and upload speed maps are available at both the state and regional levels. MoBroadbandNow has regularly developed statewide broadband service maps since 2010. New maps are produced and published at six month intervals.
These current maps reflect the eigth round of data collection and reflect data current as of June 30, 2013. Currently there are over 120 participating Internet Service Providers.
Be sure to visit the MoBroadbandNow Interactive Map to learn more about providers and broadband availability in your area.
A new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project examines why Americans who do not currently use the Internet choose not to. The report — “Who’s not Online and Why” — finds that of American adults, ages 18 and older, 15 percent do not use the Internet at all. An additional 9 percent of American adults use the Internet, though not at home.
- The most common reason cited for not using the Internet is that non-adopters do not think that the Internet is relevant to them (34 percent) and the second most common reason cited for not using the Internet is that the Internet is difficult to use (32 percent). Cost of a computer or Internet connection were third (19 percent)
- Of Internet non-adopters, 92 percent indicated that they are not interested in starting to use the Internet, while only 8 percent indicated an interest in starting to use the Internet or email
- 63 percent of Internet non-adopters indicate that they would need assistance to start using the Internet
Read the full report here.
For more on Internet and broadband non-adoption in Missouri, see “Understanding Internet Non-adoption: Fulfilling Missouri’s Digital Promise.”
Are you a Missouri business? We want to hear from you!
The MoBroadbandNow initiative is working to enhance broadband adoption and accessibility in all areas of Missouri. As part of this effort, MoBroadbandNow is conducting a survey of business broadband access, use, and needs.
Governor Jay Nixon established MoBroadbandNow in 2009 as a public-private partnership to expand broadband accessibility and adoption in Missouri. In 2012, MoBroadbandNow launched the Rural Health Broadband Initiative to support broadband use in rural healthcare and AgBroadbandNow, an initiative focused on broadband applications for the agriculture and agribusiness communities. In addition to the questions on access and use for all businesses, the survey has additional questions for the agriculture and healthcare sectors.
Businesses can complete the survey online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MBBNBusinessSurvey
Business that do not have Internet or that want to participate in the survey, but are unable to take it online, or prefer not to take it online may call Wesley Luebbert at 573-751-6257 and take the survey over the phone.
For questions please contact MoBroadbandNow at email@example.com.
In August, MoBroadbandNow attended the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia and collected surveys on broadband availability and adoption from 2,800 Missourians:
- Responses were received from residents of 108 of 115 of Missouri’s counties
- 86.6% of respondents report having an Internet connection in their home and 75.3% of those report that they consider their Internet connection to be high-speed (broadband)
- The majority of respondents report being satisfied or very satisfied with the speed, cost and reliability of their Internet service. However, the majority of respondents report being dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with choice of providers.
- The average montly price reported for broadband is $50.19
- For those respondents without broadband, the three most commonly cited reasons are cost, no computer, and not available.
A full summary of survey results is available here.
For more information about broadband availability, adoption and use in Missouri, the results of the 2013 Residential Survey are available here.
Are you a Missouri business? If so, we want to hear from you about your Internet usage and needs. Take the MoBroadbandNow business survey by following this link.
The survey will take 10 to 20 minutes to complete. Survey responses will remain anonymous and will only be reported as part of the larger group. Please complete the survey by September 30, 2013.
Be sure to stop by and see MoBroadbandNow in the University of Missouri Building at the Missouri State Fair this week in Sedalia! Fill out a short survey on Internet access, add your pin to the map, and get a free scoop of Buck’s Ice Cream!
Results from last year’s survey are available here.
MoBroadbandNow has launched an updated version of the Missouri Interactive Broadband Map.
After carefully considering comments and suggestions from both Missouri residents and broadband providers, MoBroadbandNow has rebuilt the Missouri Interactive Broadband Map to be a much simpler, more streamlined experience that focuses exclusively on serving up data directly related to broadband availability. Missourians looking for potential broadband service will find that the Interactive Map now identifies broadband providers by county, rather than by census block.
In addition to the relaunch of the Interactive Map, MoBroadbandNow has also redesigned the static maps offered on this site. The High Speed and Broadband Service maps that have previously been available for download are now easier to read and more structurally consistent. MoBroadbandNow has also officially deployed two new map series – Maximum Advertised Download Speeds and Maximum Advertised Upload Speeds – that display broadband download and upload speeds independent of one another.
Take some time to explore the map and learn more about broadband technologies and provider options in your area!
Gov. Jay Nixon today visited United Electric Cooperative in Savannah (Andrew County) to highlight the success of Missouri’s public-private partnership in expanding broadband. United Electric, a MoBroadbandNow partner, has installed 1,230 fiber miles throughout the six counties it serves in northwest Missouri. Over 5,500 homes will now have access to high-speed service. The $21 million last-mile project will reach 99% of its service area when completed in September compared with only 38% of homes served with broadband in 2010.
In addition, TDS Telecom announced completion of another MoBroadbandNow infrastructure project in Orchard Farm (St. Charles County). The project will provide another 150 homes with broadband coverage.
A recently released NTIA report and two new webinars provide additional resources on broadband access, adoption and digital literacy.
- “Exploring the Digital Nation: America’s Emerging Online Experience,” a report published in June 2013, examines adoption, reasons for non-adoption, and what Americans do online.
- “C2C Update and DigitalLearn.org: Promoting Broadband Adoption and Digital Literacy Training and Support,” a webinar hosted on June 25, examines the Connect2Compete program and EveryoneOn campaign and the new DigitalLearn.org resource.
- Rural Affinity Group: State Planning and Collaboration for Rural Broadband Development, a webinar hosted on June 27, provides information on the National Broadband Map and the Connecting America’s Communities Map and focuses on planning efforts in Utah, South Dakota, and Washington.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the funding period for its Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. Applications for funding must be received by August 12, 2013.
USDA may provide up to $17.5 million in grants of up to $500,000, which can be used to purchase equiptment and provide technical assistance. Eligible applicants must serve a rural area, demonstrate financial need, and provide a 15 percent match.
The DLT program has funded 1,400 health and education projects in rural areas across the country. Examples of DLT success stories are available here.
Summary results from the statewide broadband survey are now available.
The survey was mailed to a random sample of Missouri households in April 2013. A total of 5,827 surveys were returned for a response rate of 12 percent. Responses were received from all counties in Missouri.
Highlights from the survey findings include:
- Over 90 percent of respondents report owning a home computer, and nearly 65 percent report that they have had a computer in the home for more than 10 years
- Over 75 percent of respondents report having a landline telephone, while just under 65 percent report having a cell phone or mobile device with Internet access
- Work is cited as the most common location for accessing the Internet outside of the home (66 percent), followed by the home of a relative or friend (49 percent)
- When asked to rank the important of characteristics of Internet service, cost was cited as most important by 51 percent of respondents, followed by reliability (37 percent)
- Over 80 percent of respondents report having a home Internet Service Provider, and 65 percent consider their Internet service to be high speed
- The average reported price paid for Internet service is $46.95/month. The average willingness to pay of those respondents without Internet service is $17.75/month for basic Internet service and $28.87/month for high speed Internet
- Nearly 21 percent of those with Internet service have switched providers in the past two years. The most common reason for the switch is speed (39 percent), followed by cost (23 percent)
The full results summary is available here.
For findings from the 2011 Statewide Residential Survey, see “Dissecting Missouri’s Digital Divide: A Study of Residential Broadband Adoption and Availability in the State of Missouri.”
The US Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service’s 2013 edition of “Rural Broadband at a Glance” examines broadband availability and adoption in rural America. Highlights include:
- There is an Internet adoption gap between rural and urban households — 73 percent of urban households have Internet subscriptions, while only 62 percent of rural households do. Both urban (96 percent) and rural (92 percent) Internet adopters are most likely to receive their Internet service through broadband technologies
- Rural broadband subscription rates vary across the country, with the highest rates in the Northeast and West, and the lowest rates in the South
- Limited availability is the primary barrier to broadband adoption in rural areas, followed by cost
More information on broadband in rural America is available in NTIA’s May 2013 Broadband Brief, “Broadband Availability Beyond the Rural/Urban Divide.”
Statewide and regional Maximum Advertised Download Speed maps are now posted on the MoBroadbandNow website. These maps, like the High Speed Availability maps, are designed to give consumers an idea of what speeds they can expect to have access to given the provider data available to MoBroadbandNow. However, unlike the High Speed Availability maps, this series displays only the download speeds that providers are able to offer consumers and does not group multiple speeds into categories. As a result, a wide range of speed tiers are displayed, from less than or equal to 200 kilobits per second (yellow) to greater than or equal to 1 gigabit per second (blue).
These maps display both wired and wireless Broadband providers. Data are current as of December 31, 2012.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that up to $21 million in funding may be available through the Community Connect Grant program. The Community Connect Grant Program brings broadband service to the most underserved rural communities in the country — communities where broadband service is not currently available and can have a positive impact on local quality of life. USDA has invested $122 million in Community Connect Grants since the program began, including in four projects in Missouri.
Applications must be submitted by July 11, 2013.