Minnesota Broadband and Biz: July 2012

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By Ann Treacy

Calix recently released a report that looks at what rural areas are doing with broadband, based on bandwidth use. Video streaming and Internet browsing topped the list, but number three was business services, which accounted for 40 percent of upstream traffic.

In the last month, the Blandin on Broadband blog has highlighted several stories on how Minnesota businesses are better using or accessing broadband as well as how residents are using broadband to accomplish business goals. Many stories come from Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) initiative which has helped encourage local broadband use through many rural towns and counties in Minnesota, including many efforts to increase business and economic use of the network.

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