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?