Leveraging the Internet
(a case study)
Access to broadband is transforming the way people work and offering innovative ways to reduce driving costs. Jobs can be performed at once-remote locations, and the need to travel to share conversation and ideas is being replaced by the need for access to broadband to serve the same purpose. Rural areas have been late to get access to broadband because the companies that pay to install fiber optic lines can recover their investment faster in the most populated places, and have focused their investment in those places.
The fastest broadband in the world is now available to the North Country and the region is already benefiting from that technology as installations move forward. Where other regions have older pipelines that can slow transmission, the North Country's late adoption could prove to be a blessing, since the region could have one of the fastest complete systems in the world. Fast broadband means jobs created by entrepreneurs who can fashion businesses around broadband access, and it means savings and a jump in efficiency. Schools can add online learning, organizations can reduce travel costs by meeting online, businesses can promote themselves anywhere in the world, and North Country residents can have equal access to the information highway. 169
North Country Region Sustainability Plan