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jasonmeyers
jasonmeyers
9/23/2014 | 4:36:03 PM
Re: Naming names
Yes - there is a link to the release below, at the bottom of which is a link to the study results. The communities studied are listed on the last page of the results.

The regions listed are: Mobile, Ala.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Fargo, Bismarck, and Grand Forks, N.D.; Rapid City and Sioux Falls, S.D.; Bend-Redmond, Corvallis, Eugene-Springfield, Medford, and Salem, Ore.; St. George, Utah; and Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk, Conn.

http://www.ftthcouncil.org/p/bl/et/blogid=3&blogaid=305
mendyk
mendyk
9/23/2014 | 3:59:56 PM
Naming names
Jason -- Did your sources at FTTH point specifically to cities or regions that have seen a turnaround in their economies? That might help quiet the skeptics a bit.
sam masud
sam masud
9/23/2014 | 3:16:25 PM
Re: Fiber-to-the-Home
Only to those deeply impacted.
sam masud
sam masud
9/23/2014 | 3:16:02 PM
Re: Correlation, causality
Mitch,

 

You beat me to it--I think the FTTH Council folks are blowing smoke: Would good would gigabit service do anyone unless they first have need for such bandwidth? This is not a build-it-and-they-will come situation. Seems like the FTTH folks needed something to talk up FTTH.
jasonmeyers
jasonmeyers
9/23/2014 | 11:38:25 AM
Re: Correlation, causality
The correlation issue is certainly a concern. My view is that it will take quite a bit more time to either confirm or dismiss the correlation. 
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
9/23/2014 | 11:16:10 AM
Fiber-to-the-Home
Is it just me or does Fiber-to-the-Home sound like an organization that delivers bran flakes?
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
9/23/2014 | 11:13:43 AM
Correlation, causality

This study calls to mind the old saying: Correlation is not causality. If gigabit communities are more affluent that doesn't mean gigabit is the reason. Could be the opposite -- they're more affluent and therefore they have gigabit, not vice-versa. 

Successful companies often offer perqs to employees such as espresso machines in the lounges. Does that mean buying an espresso machine will make my business successful?

cnwedit
cnwedit
9/23/2014 | 11:01:18 AM
Re: Now for the real proof
Of course, the other side always comes out with its own figures. The Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute claims there's no data that supports government-owned gigabit networks as a "nucleus of renewed economic activity in cities and towns where they have been deployed." The ACLPI is part of the NYU Law School.

I still think it's good to engage in this debate. 
jasonmeyers
jasonmeyers
9/23/2014 | 10:46:03 AM
Now for the real proof
These are interesting (and sure to be controversial) findings that certainly will be helpful to municipalities pushing to bring gigabit connectivity to their communities. But it's going to be the next 5-10 years that will really prove out this economic development theory, and it's up to the munis and their providers to demonstrate the kinds of unique applications and inventive uses of gigabit networks that have the power to truly impact economic growth. 


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