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Community Broadband Creates Jobs

| Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 11, 2012 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

Blandin on Broadband, November 11, 2012

Chris Mitchell at the Local Institute for Local Self Reliance has created a nice fact sheet that discusses the jobs that were enabled by public investments various communities. I’m going to give a cheater version – and suggest that you take a look at Chris’s fact sheet for more info…

  • Chanute, Kansas – highlights two businesses that reside in are in part due to broadband – brought a total of 135 jobs
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee – academic study estimated the first 10 years of the network will yield over 3,600 new jobs directly linked to the City’s triple play services
  • Tullahoma, Tennessee – J2 Software Solutions chose Tullahoma as its new headquarters because its network was able to offer speed and reliability, crucial for J2′s business.
  • Lafayette, Louisiana – Pixel Magic created a studio in Lafayette after working there on a temporary basis for a movie shoot. The studio created 100-200 new jobs because LUS Fiber could connect it to studios and partners anywhere in the world.
  • Bristol, Virginia – CGI and Northrup Grumman created 700 jobs paying twice the average wage in the community because of connections from the publicly owned network.
  • Danville, Virginia – The network connects over 150 businesses and can offer 10Gbps connections upon request.
  • Martinsville, Virginia – ICF International, a professional and technology services firm, plans on bringing 539 new jobs to Martinsville because of its fiber network.
  • Springfield, Missouri – After a national carrier could not meet its needs, SpringNet stepped in to provide Expedia with the necessary connectivity to bring over 400 jobs to the community

Read the full story here.

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