The Connected Nation Blog: February 2008

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Possibilities of broadband encourage legislation

Today, Connected Nation released “The Economic Impact of Stimulating Broadband Nationally,” a report detailing the potential state-by-state impact of legislation to accelerate broadband access and use. The report’s findings suggest that the U.S. could realize an economic impact of $134 billion annually by accelerating broadband availability and use across all states.

The report measures the impact of Connected Nation's first state-based program, ConnectKentucky. Kentucky has experienced a rate of growth in broadband adoption that is measurably higher than the nation. Over a three year period, Kentucky experienced an 83% rate of growth in broadband adoption while the national trend was 57%. By surveying consumer savings in time, miles driven and healthcare and by calculating broadband penetration’s impact on job creation/retention, the report projects the estimated annual economic benefit for Kentucky. From this data, the study extrapolates the economic impact of modest growth in broadband adoption for each state and the country as a whole.

This research as well as evidence from rural America further supports the need for state and federal legislation to accelerate broadband availability and use. In 2007, the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass such legislation, and the U.S. Senate passed a similar proposal as part of a renewal of the Farm Bill. The Senate and the House are working to complete negotiations on the Farm Bill, including rural development and broadband elements, this month. Connected Nation urges passage of legislation that accounts for the wide bipartisan effort that has contributed to legislative progress to date so that states will be empowered to reach the potential as identified in this economic impact report.

To download a copy of the report, go to


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

BRIEFING: The Economic Impact of Stimulating Broadband Nationally

Connected Nation is hosting a joint briefing with Communications Workers of America and the Alliance for Public Technology on Thursday, February 21st at noon in the HC –5 Room in the US Capital. During this briefing, Connected Nation will be releasing a cutting-edge economic impact study. Representatives from each organization will be on hand to discuss the findings.

Please join us!

Directions to the US Capital, HC-5 Room
  • Go to the South Entrance of the Capitol located at New Jersey and Independence Avenues, SW.
  • After going through security, give your name and ID at the adjacent desk (Sergeant in Arms) to receive a building badge.
  • HC-5 is located on the lower level; go to the center dome, go down the stairs to the left and follow the signs to HC-5.
  • Please give yourself time to go through security.
  • The closest metro station is Capitol South (Orange and Blue lines).