Broadband Key Driver of State Economic, Social Growth

            Broadband Key Driver of State Economic, Social Growth

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2012

Washington State Tops Ranking of U.S. States Benefiting from Broadband

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- States with high levels of
investment in their broadband infrastructure stand a better chance of seeing
economic benefits, according to a new study. TechNet, a bipartisan policy and
political network of CEOs that promotes the innovation economy, today unveiled
its 2012 State Broadband Index assessing state policies and business climate
that impact broadband deployment and demand. The Index also offers
stakeholders a roadmap for accelerating progress in building a more innovative
and competitive economy.

The report, the "TechNet 2012 State Broadband Index: Where States Rank as They
Look to High Speed Connectivity to Grow Strong Economies and Vibrant
Communities," 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.
Specifically, the TechNet State Broadband Index rates the states on indicators
of broadband adoption, network quality, and economic structure as a way of
taking stock of where states stand in broadband deployment and adoption.

"The TechNet State Broadband Index highlights the important role of the states
in determining our nation's broadband future," said Rey Ramsey, President and
CEO of TechNet. "Simply put, broadband is the foundation for our nation's
continued technology and economic leadership. Broadband is shown to help
create economic growth, job creation and many other benefits. We applaud all
the states at the top of this index for their leadership in building the
broadband infrastructure that is helping deliver economic success and improved
quality of life for millions of our fellow citizens."

"TechNet's Broadband study confirms the importance of high speed Internet
access for our state," said 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."

With the State Broadband Index, TechNet examines the key role that states and
policies can play in making broadband available to all Americans. The State of
Washington tops the TechNet State Broadband Index, driven by an economy that
has a strong orientation toward information and communication technology and
apps development. Massachusetts and Delaware round out the top three states
with Massachusetts' cluster of universities and tech companies and Delaware's
high network quality and concentration of corporate headquarters reliant on
broadband connectivity.

"Massachusetts is a world leader in the innovation economy because of our
infrastructure investments and broadband expansion is a key part of that
strategy. We are committed to ensuring dependable, high-speed Internet access
is available to every home and business in the Commonwealth by June 2013,"
said Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. "This study reaffirms the
importance of our partnerships with private industries and Massachusetts'
leadership in the areas of broadband development and innovation."

"We must create the conditions that both drive innovation and foster a
globally competitive environment, " said Delaware Governor Jack Markell.
"Delaware is broadband rich. Our existing network is a valuable asset that
allows us to support existing companies and continually expand our economic
impact."

The study takes a quantitative approach to rank each state based upon their
approach to improving the broadband climate through the development of the
index, which includes data on adoption, network speeds, and economic
structure, and includes case studies on six states to illustrate the varied
approaches to building broadband infrastructure taken by individual states.
States are actively pursuing ways to use broadband to promote economic
development, build strong communities, improve delivery of government
services, and transform education strategies. 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. Not all states have these ingredients in
equal measure.

"Broadband is the firm foundation for technological and economic growth in our
states, our nation and our world," said Blair Christie, Senior Vice President
and Chief Marketing Officer, Cisco. "The communities best able to connect the
unconnected will see huge growth opportunities that we can scarcely imagine
today. Broadband is transforming health care, improving educational
opportunities and job training, and providing businesses with the tools they
need to grow in the modern economy. We congratulate the bold leaders who have
shown the vision to connect more people in their states to high-speed
broadband."

According to the report, the following are the top ten leading states in the
nation in the development of broadband infrastructure that is promoting
economic development, stronger communities, improved delivery of government
services, and upgraded educational systems:

1.Washington
2.Massachusetts
3.Delaware
4.Maryland
5.California
6.New Jersey
7.Vermont
8.Virginia
9.Utah
10.New York

The report also includes a section on states that are considered
"overachievers" when it comes to broadband. The criteria for overachievers
are divided into two categories: 1). States without inherent advantages in
broadband such as low population density or a population that has low
socio-economic indicators; or, 2.) States that may have low to middling
rankings but those rankings would be lower if not for good choices at both the
public and private sector levels to help the broadband environment. According
to the TechNet report, the states that rank as the top overachievers include
California, Delaware, Indiana, Nevada, North Dakota and Oklahoma, among
others.

For a copy of the full report, case studies and a further description of its
underlying methodology, please go to www.technet.org/research/ for more
information. The State Broadband Index was conducted by TechNet Senior Fellow
John B. Horrigan, PhD and TechNet Innovation Fellow Ellen Satterwhite and was
underwritten by Cisco.

Facts About Broadband:

  oAccording to Connection Nation, broadband-connected businesses report
    annual median sales revenues approximately $300,000 higher than revenues
    for businesses without broadband.
  oAccording to the U.S. Department of Commerce, more than 68 percent of U.S.
    households today use high-speed broadband access.
  oAccording to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, online high school graduates
    are two times more likely to go to college as those who are not online.

About TechNet:
TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of CEOs that promotes the growth
of technology industries and the economy by building long-term relationships
between technology leaders and policymakers and by advocating a targeted
policy agenda. TechNet's members represent more than one million employees in
the fields of information technology, biotechnology, e-commerce and finance.
TechNet has offices in Washington, DC, Palo Alto, Sacramento, Seattle, Boston
and Austin, Texas. Web address: www.technet.org. You can also follow us on
Facebook and Twitter at @technetupdate.

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