Lansing, MI (PRWEB) December 11, 2013
New data released by Connect Michigan today shows that home-based businesses are more likely than other businesses in the state to use the Internet to buy products and services, research how to make their businesses more efficient, and interact with government offices. On the other hand, some activities such as online conferencing, accepting online payments, and advertising current job openings are less likely to be used by Internet-connected, home-based businesses.
“Home-based businesses are an integral part of the local economy, particularly in rural areas, by keeping wages and profits in their community,” said Connect Michigan State Program Manager Eric Frederick. “Having a broadband connection allows residents the ability to start their own business, telework, and maintain a business without the overhead costs of traditional office space.”
Among the key findings from this report:
To examine the landscape of broadband adoption and use among home-based businesses in the state, Connect Michigan conducted a survey of 800 businesses through a telephone survey, including 137 home-based businesses. The results indicate that many of these businesses use broadband for their daily functions and rely on it to increase revenue.
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About Connect Michigan: As the designated entity for broadband mapping and planning in the state of Michigan, Connect Michigan is a public-private partnership between the Michigan Public Service Commission and Connected Nation to work with local governments, businesses, and citizens in the goal of increasing broadband service in the state’s underserved areas. For more information about what Connect Michigan is doing to accelerate technology in Michigan’s communities, visit http://www.connectmi.org.