My new report on internet access in rural American is now available online.
In recent decades, rural economies have lagged their urban counterparts. Internet access may be of particular value for small businesses in rural areas, but access there remains lower. This issue brief analyzes recent survey data on internet subscriptions through three popular kinds of technology. Subscription rates in rural areas were lower for traditional broadband and mobile broadband services and higher for satellite services. Rates also varied substantially across rural areas, with subscription rates for traditional broadband services much lower in the South than in the upper Midwest. The geographic variation in subscription rates and the relationships between subscription rates for different technologies are argued to have policy implications.