Only 59 percent of West Virginia households subscribe to broadband service, far below the 68 percent nationwide rate, according to a federal report.
West Virginia has one of the lowest household broadband adoption rates among the states, according to the report, “Exploring the Digital Nation,” released last week by the federal Department of Commerce’s Economics and Statistics Administration and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
Mississippi and Arkansas have the lowest adoption rate, 52 percent, followed by Alabama at 56 percent, New Mexico and Kentucky at 58 percent and Indiana, West Virginia and Tennessee at 59 percent.
The study also found that 26 percent of West Virginia households have no computer and 8.7 percent have a computer but no Internet.
There is a strong correlation between broadband adoption and socio-economic factors, such as income and education, the study found. But it said these differences do not explain the entire broadband adoption gap.