Digital Cities: "My business can't survive without broadband"

Submitted by acohill on Wed, 01/23/2008 - 12:48

Galen Updike, with the State of Arizona, opened the Digital Cities Expo this morning, and told of speaking to a woman who was trying to run a business out of her rural home.

She said, "You know, I can do without public water--I can have my own well. I can do without public sewer--I can put in my own septic system. I can do without a paved road to my house. I can even do without electricity--I can generate my own. But without Internet access, my business will fail."

And that story illustrates the relative importance of broadband with respect to economic development.

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