The Internet has been extending fairly rapidly in China’s rural areas, with the number of rural net users reaching 37.41 million by the end of June, approximately 5.1 percent of the total of rural population.
Statistics from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) show that at the same time urban netizens had reached 125 million, or 21.6 percent of urban population.
China’s rural net users were 23.1 million at the end of 2006, indicating that in six months 14.3 million farmers newly got access to the Internet. [Full Text]
See also “China’s Rural Internet Growth” from Kaiser Kuo’s Ogilvy China Digital Watch blog.