But we knew that already. What’s new, according to this piece in OZY, is that Google is trying to fibre-link swaths of America. It has already brought fiber to Kansas City, Missouri; Austin, Texas; and Provo, Utah and is currently working on Atlanta; Charlotte, North Carolina; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; and Nashville, Tennessee.
Apparently, fibre optic cabled areas experience a GDP boost of about 1.1 percent. In September, the Fiber to the Home Council Americas reported on a study it conducted among 55 communities in nine states. It found that there was a “positive impact on economic activity” if gigabit access was widely available.
“Gigabit communities are empowered communities,” Council president Heather B. Gold said, adding that “every community should be a gigabit community.”
This is largely because gigabit availability means infrastructure investment and a shift in economic activity by means of job creation and occupational changes.
Why isn’t every American city and state working on this?