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Census Bureau data shows Tennesseans among most unconnected online

According to new data by the U.S. Census Bureau, Tennesseans are among the most digitally unconnected residents in the United States. PHOTO: MGN

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--According to new data by the U.S. Census Bureau, Tennesseans are among the most digitally unconnected residents in the United States.

Based on a 2015 data from the American Community Survey and Current Population Survey, only 70.2% of Tennessee households had a broadband internet subscription. That ranked as the eighth-lowest total in the country.

The trend was significant in the south, with Mississippi, Arkansas, New Mexico, Alabama, Louisiana, West Virginia, and South Carolina ranking in order as the top seven unconnected states.

Among all households in the country,77% reported having a broadband connection, 78% had a desktop or laptop, and 75% a handheld device (smartphone or other).

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