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State last in Internet access

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A new study shows Mississippi has the lowest rate of Internet access in the nation.

The U.S. Census Bureau report released Wednesday shows only 52.8% of households in Mississippi had Internet access in 2007, the most recent data available. The state also had the lowest rate of Internet use from work or public locations.

Sixty-two percent of national households had Internet access in 2007, an increase from 18% in 1997, the first year the data was collected.

Alaska and New Hampshire had the highest rates of Internet use from any location, while Mississippi with 51.5% and West Virginia with 52.9 had the lowest.

However, Mississippi has seen an increase in access since 2003 when just 39.5 of households had the Internet.

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