States are actively pursuing ways to use broadbandto promote economic development, build strongcommunities, improve delivery o governmentservices, and upgrade educational systems. Theingredients or meeting those goals are ast andubiquitous broadband networks, a populationo online users, and an economic structure thathelps drive broadband innovation and investmentin new broadband uses. Not all states have theseingredients in equal measure. In this report, theTechNet State Broadband Index rates the states onindicators o broadband adoption, network quality,and economic structure as a way o taking stock owhere states stand. The ratings show that the topfteen states are:States employ a range o approaches to improvingthe broadband climate. Promising approaches toostering an environment where broadband cancontribute to states’ development include:
• Executive and Legislative Leadership:
Governors who show an interest in developingbroadband are a spur to building the coalitionsand institutions that can enhance broadbandinrastructure deployment and adoption in astate. Legislative leadership is also critical toensuring that regulatory barriers are minimized,that rights o way access is expanded and thatother policies needed to promote deploymentand adoption are developed.
• State Funding:
Closely associated with execu-tive and legislative leadership is unding orinrastructure (oten done in a way to leverageprivate unding or incentivize private invest-ment), and initiatives to promote broadbandadoption among citizens. Although tight statebudgets make new expenditures dicult toincur, states who fnd the resources lay thegroundwork or uture social and economicgrowth.
Bringing stakeholders together inthe public, private, and non-proft sector is oteneasier said than done. That is why the leadershipo a governor and legislators matters, but otherstakeholders have to demonstrate engagementas well. Eective cooperation can lower the costo deploying inrastructure and boost broad-band adoption rates. Conversely, rictions insuch eorts may make it harder to compete orunding that may be available rom the ederalgovernment or make a state less attractive orbusinesses that need ast broadband to thrive.
Many states engage in planningactivities to explore gaps in broadband inra-structure in the state, understand broadbandadoption in the state, and identiy how stateagencies and community anchor institutions
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