New Research on the Digital Divide and Broadband’s Economic Impact

A roundup of recent studies about the growing chasm between broadband haves and have-nots, how to overcome this divide, and the costs and benefits of reducing it

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Taking the Economic Pulse of Community Broadband

Economic development professionals who completed the Revving the Community Broadband Economic Engine survey weighed in on the current availability, affordability and speed of broadband – and how communities are working to increase all three.

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Crossing the Digital Divide

Internet adoption rates among low-income urban populations have climbed in recent years. Joining the online world has changed their lives for the better, say members of this group in a new survey by RVA LLC.

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FairlawnGig Fiber Boosts Regional Economy

The municipal fiber network in Fairlawn, Ohio, is strengthening the city’s economic position. Now Fairlawn is using fiber to lift the rest of the area as well.

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Technology Access For an Equitable Future of Work

Technology helps individuals and local economies adapt to workforce displacement. Equal access to broadband is needed to train workers for the knowledge economy.

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Missouri Innovation Center Takes Advantage of Gig Services

Startup businesses use broadband to compete and grow.

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Broadband for Rural Businesses

Rural providers are taking aim at rural businesses with fiber and DOCSIS 3.1–based broadband services. But providers must educate this segment about using these new services to become more viable in the online world.

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Social Return Accounting

Researchers at an Australian university propose a new way to measure the social benefits of broadband.

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Editor's Note: Communities Must Have a Voice

To ensure their economic survival, communities must be active participants in broadband planning.

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Bandwidth Hawk: Update: Rural Population Loss Still Tied to Poor Broadband

Broadband Communities’ ongoing study of all U.S. counties continues to show that poor or no broadband drives away jobs and, eventually, people. However, the effect is less clear than it was in the recent past.

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Topics in Economic Development

Only fiber to the premises can support the new knowledge economy.

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Prosperity and Broadband Access

Only fiber to the premises can support the new knowledge economy.

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Impact of CAF II–Funded Networks

Two typical rural exchanges are likely to remain underserved even after upgrades supported by the Connect America Fund. This study, conducted by the Blandin Foundation, concludes that CAF funding is insufficient to support rural economic development and that more transparency is needed if states and localities are to supplement CAF funds strategically.

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Predicting Broadband Effects

A new type of statistical model helps cities estimate broadband’s effects on their economic well-being.

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Ontario Is Investing For the 21st Century

Ontario, California, a fast-growing city in the Inland Empire, leverages its growth with an ambitious fiber-to-the-home network.

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Putting the Gigs to Work

Highlights of the 2018 Broadband Communities Summit held in May in Austin, Texas

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Editor's Note: An Issue for All Seasons

The Broadband Communities Summit brings together participants in the multifamily, rural, economic development, technology and policy worlds. This issue of the magazine has something for all of them.

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Lincoln Steps Into the Future

Even if a community can’t build its own network, it can take steps to get great broadband for its citizens.

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Broadband Assistance Drives Job Growth

An innovative program in Pennsylvania leveraged stimulus funds to drive broadband deployment, adoption and use. Small and mid-sized businesses flourished.

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Training for the ‘Gig Economy’

The internet has opened new possibilities for those who have difficulty finding employment in the current economic environment. To tap into these opportunities, economic development agencies must learn to think beyond traditional workplaces and traditional jobs.

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