RFP Released for Minneapolis Community Technology Survey

INVITATION: The City of Minneapolis Information Technology (IT) Department is soliciting proposals from qualified consultants for professional surveying services to plan and conduct a series of surveys of Minneapolis residents regarding computer and internet use. The surveys are referred to as the Minneapolis Community Technology Surveys and are primarily used to determine the state of the digital divide in Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis IT Department has conducted a Community Technology Survey in 2012, 2013, and 2014 and would like to continue the survey over the next several years to measure changes in the community over time.

IT is seeking proposals from a variety of research organizations to evaluate current professional research options and opportunities within the surveying industry as part of the extended commitment to this project.  The desired contract period will be up to six (6) years to conduct up to three (3) resident surveys.

The RFP is open August 27 through September 25, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. RFP: Community Technology Survey posted at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/finance/procurement/rfp 

Governor’s Task Force on Broadband – 2013 Annual Report and recommendations for the 2014 legislative session

The Governor’s Task Force on Broadband is responsible for developing policies to promote the expansion of broadband access throughout Minnesota and for developing an action plan to identify and correct disparities in access and adoption of broadband in all Minnesota communities, with a goal of ensuring that homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses have access to the technology and information resources they need.

2013 Annual Report  contains the Task Force’s annual report and recommendations for the 2014 legislative session.

Home Broadband 2013 Survey Results Released

The Pew Research Center released their report on broadband use in the United States this week. College graduates, people under the age of 50, those who live in households making at least $50,000 per year, whites and urban or suburban residents continue to be the people with the highest rates of access.
Read the full report and explore the survey questions here.