The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences has released the results of a survey of information use in the nation's small and mid-sized businesses. The survey, which collected 852 valid responses out of 2400 businesses contacted over the course of four months, demonstrates that China's small businesses have achieved a firm foundation in IT, and investment in IT technology has dropped off.Out of all the respondents, 98.8% were connected to the Internet, and 66% of all enterprises' computers were online. Nearly 85% of responding companies were connected to the Internet through ADSL or dedicated data lines. Just over 90% had set up an intranet, a slightly lower rate than the 96.4% of large companies. The administration of corporate networks was conducted similarly in both large and small companies, with roughly 43% undertaking development on their own, 35% contracting out, and the remainder working partly in-house and partly outside. Investment in websites has dropped considerably since 2003's survey; at that

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