Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Top 10 Ways Broadband Impacts Rural Areas

"Broadband transforms rural communities in at least 10 meaningful ways, according to new data from the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA), a coalition supporting ubiquitous U.S. broadband access and adoption. Based on analysis from several sources, including the Pew Internet & American Life Project and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the IIA points to ten major benefits.

"Here are the Top 10 ways IIA thinks broadband helps rural communities:

* It links local businesses to global markets.
* It allows consumers to tap into e-commerce savings.
* It expands access to educational opportunities.
* It increases local job growth.
* It connects patients to world-class healthcare and reduces healthcare costs.
* It enhances economic options for younger generations.
* It provides new tools to farmers and ranchers to grow their businesses.
* It enables entrepreneurs to locate their businesses locally.
* It attracts customers to local businesses.
* It offers families low-cost options to stay in touch, using the latest technology."

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