"People there told me that incoming businesses care more about access to fiber than any other attribute in a building," Susan Crawford said in a phone call. "It's very much like electricity. They want reliable service at a reliable cost." But businesses don't have to check to see if other utilities are available -- they know that electricity, water and phone are available every where. But businesses know that high speed Internet is vital to business success. So they have to check.
Why check? Because despite a couple of trillion in investment, fiber still isn't everywhere. And in many cases, it is still very expensive to have a 10MB x 10MB circuit.
In the competition for jobs, how many economic developers think about the fiber?