New report ranks states on a variety of topics including internet access and government digitization.

New report puts Massachusetts on top for internet access

Massachusetts, Washington and Connecticut were ranked as the top three states for internet access, according to U.S. News and World Report’s Best States report. Considered part of the infrastructure category, the internet access score took into account both the percentage of households with internet subscriptions and the download speeds of those connections. Top download speeds were found in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

U.S. News also looked at how states stacked up when it came to government digitalization -- how well they use technology to reach policy goals, streamline operations and increase capacity. Virginia, Utah, Ohio, Michigan and Missouri all received an A grade. For budget transparency – or how easily the public can access state online spending data. -- Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Oregon were the top states.

U.S. News worked with McKinsey & Company, using McKinsey’s Leading States Index to create 66 metrics to measure the effectiveness across healthcare, education, infrastructure, crime and corrections, opportunity, economy, and government programs in different states.

See the full report here.

About the Author

Matt Leonard is a reporter/producer at GCN.

Before joining GCN, Leonard worked as a local reporter for The Smithfield Times in southeastern Virginia. In his time there he wrote about town council meetings, local crime and what to do if a beaver dam floods your back yard. Over the last few years, he has spent time at The Commonwealth Times, The Denver Post and WTVR-CBS 6. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received the faculty award for print and online journalism.

Leonard can be contacted at mleonard@gcn.com or follow him on Twitter @Matt_Lnrd.

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