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Ideas Worth Stealing: Can Municipalities Build Better Broadband Networks?

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Mark Duncan
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AP

 

Cleveland, Ohio, working with the nonprofit OneCommunity, is installing a super fast broadband network. It will initially connect downtown, the high tech corridor, and University Circle. Internet speeds will reach 100 gigabits; that’s not only really fast, but unnecessary for most users. The city says that’s precisely the point — novel Internet speeds could lead to innovative uses, new companies, and ultimately economic development for the city.

Even without such speeds, the White House says fast Internet spurs economic growth. It also says Internet speeds in the U.S. are not keeping up with other nations.

Read the full story at Keystone Crossroads' websiteKeystone Crossroads is a new statewide public media initiative reporting on the challenges facing Pennsylvania's cities. WPSU is a participating station.

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