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Internet usage grows…and grows… June 9, 2006

Posted by Tom in Community, Innovation, Technology, Workforce.

Boomtown USA's Jack Schultz passes along this information:

The latest survey from Harris Interactive shows that 172 million Americans over the age of 18 are online, 77% of the adult population. Ten years ago only 17 million were online, which grew to 113 million by 2000.

Local towns can no longer look at their market being a 20, 30 or 50 mile radius around their community. The market is the entire USA and world. I’m amazed at the number of companies that I see in virtually every small town that are doing business over the internet.

I completely agree. The numbers are darned close to staggering – and the growth numbers are unbelievable. What I want to know is whether our culture has made the internet more than just an electronic shopping aide or digital newspaper. Are our training institutions showing enough people how to harness the entrepreneurial capacity of the internet? Even more importantly, are enough people intellectually curious enough to want to learn?

The futures of our communities, large and small, may depend in part on affirmative answers to those questions.



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