ST. Paul, Minn. — The ability to effectively use a computer, basic software programs, and the Internet are essential life skills in a global, interconnected, knowledge-based economy.
Rapidly changing technology creates a constant learning curve. But there are significant numbers of Minnesotans who have yet to adopt broadband at home, a key component for accessing educational, social and economic opportunities.
In 2012, Connect Minnesota produced a Residential Technology Assessment that showed that approximately 904,000 adult Minnesotans did not subscribe to home broadband service.
As part of its initiative to increase broadband access, adoption, and use, Connect Minnesota has produced, Digital Literacy: A Critical Skill for All Minnesotans, a new White Paper that examines more closely the correlation between home broadband adoption and digital literacy.
”We see that there are many Minnesotans who lack basic digital literacy skills and are prevented from fully participating in economic, educational and other online activities,” said William Hoffman, Connect Minnesota’s Program Manager. “There are a great many training opportunities in Minnesota, and we need to ensure folks are not just aware of these, but take advantage of them as well.”
The report provides highlights on the following facts:
• Income levels of non-broadband adopters lacking digital literacy skills
• Common demographics of those affected by the lack of digital literacy
• Programs to enhance digital literacy skills
Connect Minnesota’s 2012 Residential Technology Assessment was conducted in late 2012 and includes responses from 1,201 residents. The survey was conducted as part of the State Broadband Initiative (SBI) grant program, funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.