CARI: Center for Applied Rural Innovation


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Nebraska Rural Poll Research Report 16-1, June 2016


Copyright (c) 2016 University of Nebraska-Lincoln


A recent Pew Research Center survey revealed that home broadband adoption has plateaued in the United States. In addition, there has been an increase in adults who use a smartphone to access the Internet but do not have traditional broadband service in their home. Given these national trends, how do rural Nebraskans access the Internet? Are they accessing the Internet from their cell phones? Are they subscribing to high-speed Internet services at home? How satisfied are they with their Internet services? How important do they feel Internet access is for various items? This paper provides a detailed analysis of these questions. This report details 1,746 responses to the 2016 Nebraska Rural Poll, the 21st annual effort to understand rural Nebraskans’ perceptions. Respondents were asked a series of questions about Internet services. Comparisons are made among different respondent subgroups, that is, comparisons by age, occupation, region, etc.