The study analyzed census data and National Broadband Map data from all 3,144 counties nationwide and determined that counties with slower broadband speeds often saw slow and sometimes declining population growth, particularly compared with neighboring counties with higher speeds.
The study also compared urban versus rural access nationwide and determined that in Utah, there is a 4-6 percent difference in speed availability between urban and rural counties. In fact, Utah was one of only 3 western states (including Colorado and Washington) to have an urban/rural speed difference of less than 6 percent.
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