Future Economy Based on Telecommunication Infrastructure

Joel Kotkin writes in Forbes:

 Working at home is growing far faster than commuting by either car or transit, and in most U.S. metro areas, far exceeds those who get to work by public conveyance, most often to downtown areas. Over the past decade the number of U.S. telecommuters expanded 41% to some 1.7 million, almost double the much-ballyhooed increase of 900,000 transit riders.

This reflects a major change in the way the economy works, and it’s something we can expect more of in the near future, fewer highway expansions, and fewer commuters as we transition from an industrial economy to one built on the manipulation of bits and bytes of data and information.

This change in how the economy works could have a local economic impact. Nevada County is great place to live, but we lack the robust broadband infrastructure to be a major telecommuting center. Though, we do have some major corporation teleworkers, living and working in Nevada County.  Many of these workers are highly paid.  We could attract more of these high paid teleworkers if Nevada County had a more robust broadband infrastructure.

The question is,  what are local economic developers doing to expand broadband? Ask Questions?

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About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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One Response to Future Economy Based on Telecommunication Infrastructure

  1. Dena says:

    Having done telecommuting, I found I didn’t need much band with beyond a standard internet link. My biggest issue was at one point I needed 4 telephone lines with a 5th for my roommate and the condo was only wired for 3. Newer houses are getting better at this as they are putting Cat 5 wire in the wall but they tend to only pull one cable to most rooms when they should put two in each room. In my current house they did put two cables in the rooms I needed it but some of the other rooms only have one. You could run a 100mb connection on two pair and phone over the other two pair but it is better to have and extra cable.
    Most interactions can be handled over a phone and unless you are in some support roll and even features such a screen sharing are not always that useful as people are payed to do their own work and not others. The biggest problem is some work is hands on and expensive equipment is hard to put in a home environment, forcing you to go to the office instead of working from home. I found when i first started, I would office 3 days out of the week and home 2 days. As time went on, more time was spent at home till at the end I only went to the office once in a while.

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