Bureau of Business and Economic Research

Document Type

Technical Report

Publication Date

6-1-2013

Sponsorship

New Mexico Department of Information Technology; Broadband Technology Opportunity Program

Publisher

University of New Mexico, Bureau of Business and Economic Research

Abstract

As part of its Broadband Program initiatives, the New Mexico Dept. of Information Technology contracted with the UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) to provide an analysis of high-speed Internet access and barriers to broadband adoption in New Mexico; this report summarizes that analysis. In December 2012 BBER conducted a survey of 1,000 NM households on their Internet access and technologies; barriers to home access; patterns of Internet use, both at home and outside the home; level of digital literacy; and access to resources. Socioeconomic and demographic information on the households was also gathered. Survey results showed that only 54.9 percent of New Mexicans access the Internet at home, a result that is close to the rate (53.3) found by the Census Bureaus Current Population Survey, which ranked NM last among the 50 states. BBER found that in general, households with higher incomes, higher levels of educational attainment, and individuals either working or studying full time were more likely to have home Internet access; futhermore, younger adults, households with children, and those living in urban areas were most likely to have home Internet access. The survey also found that in urban areas, the barriers to home Internet adoption and broadband subscription were more closely associated with affordability and a perception that the Internet is of little value; among households in tribal and rural areas, concerns for affordability and interest were similar to urban households, but lack of access was more often a barrier to home broadband subscription. Illustrated with charts and tables; includes a bibliography.'

Comments

"Prepared for the New Mexico Broadband Program."

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