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B Band Task Force 11 08 Jack Geller


A presentation to the Minnesota Broadband Task Force

A presentation to the Minnesota Broadband Task Force

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  • 1. Broadband Enters the Mainstream: Jack M. Geller, Ph.D. University of Minnesota-Crookston Minnesota Hi-Speed Broadband Task Force November 14, 2008
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  • 3. Adoption Rates Rural vs. Metro 2007 Source: CRPD, 2008
  • 4. Adoption Rates by Age Source: CRPD, 2007
  • 5. Adoption Rates by Income Source: CRPD, 2007
  • 6. Impact of children in household on broadband adoption 2007 Source: CRPD, 2008
  • 7. Most Cited Reasons for Not Adopting Broadband 2007 Source: CRPD 2008
  • 8. Conclusions
    • Broadband adoption has been steadily increasing and now must be considered a mainstream technology.
    • The slow growth in home computers will likely create a “ceiling” on broadband growth.
    • Metro areas continue to outpace rural areas in technology adoption, but the gap is closing and much of the difference is due to demographic and socio-economic factors.
    • The most cited reason why dial-up customers do not adopt broadband services is still price.
  • 9. Conclusions
    • While availability is no longer the primary barrier to adoption, it is still a barrier in some parts of rural Minnesota; especially the countryside.
    • Currently, the consequences of being on the wrong side of the “digital divide” is modest. However, that is rapidly changing.
    • This will likely force policy makers to reconsider the public services that are provided online, or their orientation toward telecommunications policies.