B Band Task Force 11 08 Jack Geller

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B Band Task Force 11 08 Jack Geller

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

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