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

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

Date: 1 Feb 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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.”

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Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. He runs MuniNetworks.org as part of ILSR's effort to ensure broadband networks are directly accountable to the communities that depend upon them.