Utah leads the way in Internet connectivity; see where other states fall

Published: Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:37 p.m. MDT

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
According to a new census.gov report, Utah has the country's highest rate of Internet connectivity, meaning Utahns, more than other state citizens, can connect to the Internet either at home or elsewhere and from one or more devices.

The state breakdown shows that in the United States, 15.9 percent of people have no computer in the house and no access to an Internet connection anywhere.

Utah, by comparison, has only 7.5 percent of citizens reporting that they have no computer in the household and no Internet connection anywhere. The next closest state is New Hampshire, coming in at 8.9 percent.

Discussions surrounding Internet connectivity in Utah flared up in April when Google Fiber officials announced that they had chosen Provo to join Kansas City, Mo., and Austin, Texas, as Google Fiber cities. Under the agreement, Provo residents will get basic Internet service at no charge if they pay a $30 hookup fee, the Associated Press reported at the time, and citizens can also choose to get a much faster gigabit connection for a fee estimated to be around $70 monthly.

According to census.gov, household Internet use varies across demographics, with 76.2 percent of non-Hispanic White households and 82.7 percent of Asian households connected to the Internet at home, compared to 58.3 percent of Hispanic and 56.9 percent of Black households.

One benefit of being connected to the Internet, the census report asserts, is that computer ownership and Internet use have been tied to income, as well as educational attainment.

Read the census report here, and click through the list to see how connected each state is.
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