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silbaco
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jobs...

In what way do the number of IT and "app development" jobs have an impact on broadband ranking? It sounds like a scheme to skew results in favor of those states that have crappy infrastructure and damage the results for states who actually care or have competition.

Have a high number of ftth deployments in your state? Too bad! You didn't develop angry birds. Down the charts you go!


FFH5
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said by silbaco:

In what way do the number of IT and "app development" jobs have an impact on broadband ranking? It sounds like a scheme to skew results in favor of those states that have crappy infrastructure and damage the results for states who actually care or have competition.

Have a high number of ftth deployments in your state? Too bad! You didn't develop angry birds. Down the charts you go!

I think the ranking they are going after is those states that actually USE the broadband infrastructure to good economic effect. It may not be the ranking you care about, but it is a legit way of ranking broadband, since the people who keep pushing faster broadband ALWAYS use the reason that it creates jobs and an improved economy. Well this ranking tries to quantify that reasoning.

States are actively pursuing ways to use broadband to promote economic development, build strong communities, improve delivery of government services, and upgrade educational systems. The ingredients for meeting those goals are fast and ubiquitous broadband networks, a population of online users, and an economic structure that helps drive broadband innovation and investment in new broadband uses.

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silbaco
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Perhaps, but much of the work for telecom, IT, and even developers is going to be done on business class connections that are not really part of these results. And I can't think of any of these jobs that require speeds in excess of 10mbps at home to do their work. Faster speeds may be nicer, but not necessarily necessary. Heck, most people can do their work on a 5mbps connection. It just isn't ideal.


FFH5
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said by silbaco:

Perhaps, but much of the work for telecom, IT, and even developers is going to be done on business class connections that are not really part of these results. And I can't think of any of these jobs that require speeds in excess of 10mbps at home to do their work. Faster speeds may be nicer, but not necessarily necessary. Heck, most people can do their work on a 5mbps connection. It just isn't ideal.

And there is the chicken or egg phenomenon, which comes 1st? Does a state with a lot of high tech jobs already, lead to a demand for high speed broadband expansion? Or does a state with a lot of high speed broadband deployment, turn in to a state with a lot of high tech employment?
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