City Mouse & Country Mouse

Rural residents are far less likely to have broadband access than their metropolitan counterparts, according to a Pew Internet and American Life report. The report put broadband penetration at 39 percent in metro areas and 24 percent in rural zones.

The United States is in the top 20 nations worldwide in terms of broadband penetration but closer to the bottom than the top of that crowd according to one recent report. Here is a guide to penetration rates as ranked by cities inside the U.S..

One of my dreams is to live in the country and be connected to the broader world of ideas, hence my particular interest in the rural connectivity gap. But as a matter of national policy we need to stimulate connectivity here at home or the United States will squander its advantage in the emerging digital industries.

Tom Abate
‘Cause if you ain’t Mass Media, you’re Mini Media