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Research to measure rural Minnesotans' online access

Communities across Minnesota rely on high-speed internet access to compete in today's economy, yet critical gaps exist. Rural Minnesotans have an opportunity to help identify those gaps through the Digital Readiness Survey, offered by the Purdue ...

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The 20-question survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete and is available at https://tinyurl.com/y8kt9vyy.

Communities across Minnesota rely on high-speed internet access to compete in today's economy, yet critical gaps exist.

Rural Minnesotans have an opportunity to help identify those gaps through the Digital Readiness Survey, offered by the Purdue Center for Regional Development.

Supported by Blandin Foundation and Growth & Justice, all Minnesotans are invited to take the survey. The 20-question survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete and is available at https://tinyurl.com/y8kt9vyy .

"Broadband access-and the ability to use it-are fundamental to healthy, resilient communities," stated Blandin Foundation President and CEO Kathleen Annette in a news release. "This research will assist leaders in identifying where internet gaps exist and help them plan for the future."

Results from the survey will gauge how Minnesotans are using the internet, where they are accessing the internet and their comfort using an array of technologies. Combined results will be released to help jumpstart meaningful conversations and help guide economic development decisions.

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"Taking the Digital Readiness Survey will help us better understand the economic impact of broadband investments and also see the gaps remaining," stated Growth & Justice President Jane Leonard in the release. "Most importantly, what we learn from the survey results will help catalyze more intentional strategies for community and economic development, strategies that close the gaps in access and know-how, keep the economic impact rippling and growing, and keep talent in and coming to our communities and businesses. Those outcomes benefit all of us and keep Minnesota vital and growing."

The survey will be available until May 11. Results will be available fall 2018 at https://www.pcrd.purdue.edu/index.php .

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