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.