Wireless Most Common Internet Access Method For Michigan Farms

Dial up is become mostly a thing of the past.

Published on: Sep 3, 2013

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.

Wireless Becomes Most Common Internet Access Method For Michigan Farms
Wireless Becomes Most Common Internet Access Method For Michigan Farms

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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