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Survey says 68 percent of Arkansans now have high speed Internet access

By: 26 March 2011 One Comment

State of the art circa 1983. Things have changed.

According to a survey released by Connect-Arkansas.org shows that 68 percent of Arkansans have access to high speed Internet at home or work and that 30 percent of us here in the Natural State use our cell phones or other mobile devices to access the Internet.

The survey findings are noteworthy in that only 42 percent of Arkansans had access to high speed Internet at home or work. Furthermore, a Federal Communications Committee (FCC) conducted last summer revealed that 67 percent of Americans had access to broadband Internet at home or at work.

That’s right — we’re on par with the rest of the nation when it comes to high speed Internet access. That’s worth mentioning, of course, as we’re used to lagging behind the rest of the nation when it comes to utilizing technology.

Connect-Arkansas.org was started after Gov. Mike Beebe  signed the Connect Arkansas Broadband Act of 2007 into law in hopes of boosting broadband infrastructure. If the aforementioned survey is any indication, the efforts set in motion by the law appear to be working.

Click here to pull up a handy interactive map showing what broadband access is available in your part of Arkansas. It’s not a bad idea to check in at the aforementioned Connect-Arkansas site to see what’s new in the wonderful, wacky world of the Internet.

On March 15, for example, a link to this story showing more people get their news from the Internet than print sources was posted at Connect-Arkansas.We at First Arkansas News love hearing that.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.

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