Sixty-seven percent of Michigan farms have Internet access, up 5 percentage points from 2011. Slightly over one-third of farms going online reported wireless as their primary access method, a sharp increase from the 25% using that method two years ago.
By contrast, dialup access has become less popular, with only 7% of farms with access using that method, down from 24% two years ago. The same proportion of farm Internet users use satellite access, which has not been as popular in Michigan as the rest of the United States.
Nationally, a total of 67% of the farms in the United States now have Internet access, compared with 62% in 2011. Seventy percent of farms have access to a computer in 2013, up 5 percentage points from 2011.
The proportion of United States farms owning or leasing a computer in 2013, at 68%, was also up 5 percentage points from 2011. Farms using computers for their farm business increased to 40% in 2013 compared to 37% in 2011.
DSL was the most common method of accessing the Internet, with 35% of the farms in the United States using it, compared to 38% in 2011. Wireless was the second most common method of Internet access at 24% in 2013, up from 20% in 2011. Dialup access dropped from 12% in 2011 to 5% in 2013. Cable and satellite access were each reported as the primary Internet access method on 13 and 17% of farms in the United States, respectively.
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