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Baltimore Mayor: You Can’t Grow Jobs with Slow Internet

| Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 1, 2014 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/baltimore-mayor-you-cant-grow-jobs-with-slow-internet/

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake sees expanding Internet access as a justice issue and wants to make sure every Baltimore resident benefits from City assets, including fiber optic cables. To that end, the City is examining how it can use its conduit and fiber to improve Internet access.

We have previously covered Baltimore and its consideration of public investments to expand Internet access after both FiOS and Google decided not to invest there.

In the interview below, Mayor Rawlings-Blake expands on why this is important, saying “You can’t grow jobs with slow Internet… people don’t want to invest in communities where they feel like they are running through sludge, trying to catch up with other businesses,” going on to say, “People want to be on the cutting edge.”