There’s an short, but interesting article over at TechWeb about how the penetration of broadband into various states reflects how those states voted in the last election:
In its latest broadband report of what it calls “one of the fastest adopted services in U.S. history,” the Leichtman Research Group noted that eight “Blue” states with broadband penetration over 35 percent had all voted for John Kerry while eleven “Red” states with broadband penetration at or below 20 percent all voted for George Bush in 2004.
“While these disparities are largely related to variations in household income across the states, these differences are strikingly similar to the state-by-state splits in the 2004 presidential election,” said Bruce Leichtman, the market research firm’s president and principal analyst, in a statement.
I don’t know that it means a whole helluva lot beyond being an interesting coincidence as it only takes into account a total of 19 states and there’s quite a few more states out there than that. Not sure why they only considered 19 states and there’s no link in the article to the actual study itself so we can’t peruse it to see what it says, but I’m sure a few folks will find ways of trying to draw some seemingly significant conclusions from it.