Broadband Key Driver of State Economic, Social Growth

10 Dec, 2012

TechNet recently released the “2012 State Broadband Index: Where States Rank as They Look to High Speed Connectivity to Grow Strong Economies and Vibrant Communities.”

The report found that states actively investing in and utilizing broadband networks are seeing stronger economic growth, better connected communities and enhanced quality of life. Achieving higher network speeds depends upon private investment and, where necessary, appropriate public policies and investments.

The index ranks states on indicators of broadband adoption, network quality, and economic structure to determine where they stand on deployment and adoption.  Washington state was recognized as the No. 1 state benefitting from broadband. “TechNet’s broadband study confirms the importance of high speed Internet access for our state,” says Washington Governor Chris Gregoire. “Our companies and residents are innovators, and they make the most of the high-speed networks in our communities. Washington’s broadband environment has grown through years of planning and commitment, and we welcome the findings released today.”

TechNet is a bipartisan policy and political network of CEOs that promotes the innovation economy.

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