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The digital divide, rural businesses, and cloud computing

Yet another study tells us what most of us already know: Access to cloud services is a business necessity now. However, for cloud resources, you need high-speed internet access, and many businesses still need help with that.

Actually, this new study from Penn State and the National Science Foundation is worth the time to read it. The report concludes that cloud adoption is a reliable indicator of the innovation orientation of a business. The more innovative they are, the more likely cloud systems are core to their business. The cloud has an enabling effect on business innovation, providing concrete evidence of the adverse impact of the digital divide. Rural businesses that don’t have good access to cloud-based services due to lagging internet capabilities are likely suffering.

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