Broadband's Effect on Rural Areas and Entrepreneurship

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Suzanne Bowen
37 yrs in telecom, teaching, blog & grant writing, biz development, marketing, & PR. Favorite moments in life involve time w/ family & friends, networking, IP communications industry verticals & horizontals, running, traveling, foreign languages
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Broadband's Effect on Rural Areas and Entrepreneurship

Broadband penetration in the US is approximately 89%; whereas, according to the market research firm comScore report shows overall rural penetration sits at 75%. There's still a divide. How do the new Broadband Stimulus Funds fit in here? Check SUPERCOMM for actual sessions regarding this and sign up to sponsor, present, exhibit, or participate in this Oct. 21-23, 2009 conference in Chicago.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a study on Aug. 18, 2009 Tuesday that linked economic success in rural areas to the level of broadband Internet access. What are the indicators and causes? Employment growth, non-farm earnings, access to online educational opportunities, telemedicine, and telehealth.

Entrepreneurs in rural areas have a better chance at being noticed with access to the Internet. Home-based jobs and call center type careers are new opportunities. 

I recently posted in another blog, "We've not even touched the edge of what's possible. Who knows what mind-blowing, life-improving innovations lurk in the minds of those in remote and rural areas, emerging countries, third world countries, developing countries? A shameless plug for two conferences to consider whose discussion will include this very important topic: ITU Telecom World 2009 and Ukraine's Telecommunications without Borders Form."

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