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Survey: Internet penetration in Rural India
Survey: Internet penetration in Rural India
By: iMedia News Bureau

The smartphones and Internet revolution which has gripped the urban India has completely ignored the rural India.

According to a Government report, the Internet revolution has bypassed rural India with less than half a per cent of families having the facility at home against 6 per cent in cities.

The National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) report on expenditure in 2009-10 had earlier revealed that at all India level only about 0.4 per cent of rural households had access to Internet   at home as compared to about 6 per cent of urban households.

The study had said that mere 3.5 households per 1,000 families have access to Internet services at home in rural areas. However, the picture was much brighter in the urban areas where 59.5 families out of every 1,000 households had the facility at home.

Maharashtra was on the top list among the major states with the 104 out of 1,000 families had Internet in cities, followed by Kerala and Himachal Pradesh at 95 each and Haryana at 81.5.

The penetration of digital services was highest in rural areas in Goa with 50 out of 1,000 households having Internet connection. Kerala came next with 34 families having such a facility at home.

Among the hilly states, Arunachal Pradesh had the best reach of the Internet service in rural areas with 19 out of 1,000 households have such facility at home. The study further states that among the major states, Kerala had by far the highest proportion of households with Internet access in the rural areas at 3 per cent followed by Himachal Pradesh at 2 per cent. 

In cities, Maharashtra reported the highest percentage of household having access to Internet connection (10 per cent) followed closely by Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana.