Broadband Adoption Spurs Economic Growth in Minnesota

  • Connect Minnesota
ST. PAUL, MN – Connect Minnesota, a public-private partnership that partners with technology-minded businesses, government entities and universities to accelerate technology in Minnesota, released the results from its new 2013 Business Technology Assessment that measures how businesses in Minnesota are using technology, and its potential for maximizing revenue opportunities and sustaining economic vitality in the state.

Among the key findings:

  • 24 percent of Minnesota businesses, or more than 34,000 businesses statewide, do not use broadband service, down from 27 percent in 2011

  • 30 percent of all Minnesota businesses allow their employees to telework

  • More than one in three Minnesota businesses (38 percent) earn revenue from online sales

  • Statewide, online sales account for $38 billion in business revenue annually


“Broadband adoption and use is a vital component to keep Minnesota businesses – and our state’s economy as a whole – growing and competitive,” said Connect Minnesota Program Manager Bill Hoffman. “As more businesses adopt high-speed Internet service, the benefits of the technology will be leveraged to increase revenues, streamline operational costs, and allow greater flexibility for employers and employees. We must, however, be sure that our workforce is adequately skilled to compete in an global economy where technology is ubiquitous; and our data show that close to 40 percent of Minnesota businesses are struggling to find employees adequately trained in the use of various technological applications.”

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