New data from Connect Minnesota shows that approximately 2.1 million (51%) adults in the state use the Internet on their cell phones or subscribe to mobile wireless service for a laptop or tablet computer. The previous year’s survey showed that 39%, or 1.6 million adults in the state, used mobile Internet service; a 12 percentage point increase.
In 2011 and 2012, Connect Minnesota conducted residential technology assessments in Minnesota to measure the growth of mobile Internet. The study shows that the reasons Minnesotans do (or do not) choose to access mobile Internet on their cell phones are multi-faceted. In addition we explored questions that have been raised nationally, such as the impact of data caps on mobile broadband adoption and usage.
This survey was conducted in support of Connect Minnesota’s efforts to close Minnesota’s digital gap and explores the barriers to adoption, rates of broadband adoption among various demographics, and the types of activities broadband subscribers conduct online, among other findings.
The data are available via an interactive widget on the Connect Minnesota website.
“Connect Minnesota’s research shows that mobile broadband plays an ever-increasing role in how Minnesotans get online,” said Connect Minnesota State Program Manager Bill Hoffman. “As we look ahead, I think mobile broadband will continue to be an integral part of Minnesota’s broadband landscape.”
Among the key findings of the residential survey are:
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