What is the main barrier to broadband access in Louisiana?

Published: April 28, 2022

By: Rosel Flores, LSU Manship School News Service

BATON ROUGE — In the fifth installment of the 2022 Louisiana Survey, released Tuesday, residents say the most common barrier to having broadband internet is the cost of the service.

The survey, sponsored by the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, was based on online and phone responses from 508 Louisiana residents.

The survey found that 75% of respondents already had broadband internet service in their homes.

Another 6% said they subscribe to internet service, but it is a slower dial-up service.

About 20% of respondents stated that they do not have broadband or dial-up in their homes.

Providing greater access to high-speed internet services in rural and lower-income urban areas has been a priority of federal and state officials to support education and economic development, and the survey’s findings help delineate the extent of the problem.

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