Broadband Places - What are they?

In the end, planning is always about places.

Our Broadband Places are those public and private places that:
  • Are gateways for access to resources only available in the internet.
  • Can leverage their services when enabled with internet resources.
  • Can enhance their economic viability by access to new markets and resources.

Much more than just "infrastructure", these resources include every place and person whose life and existence is enabled by internet connectivity.  

This simple concept provides the context for a sensible basis of design of our public / private broadband and internet resources and infrastructure.

Conversely, if we continue to develop these resources outside this context, we will have failed to maximize the public benefit of our investments, stunting the potential growth of our communities, cultural development and commerce.

For example, the public sector has equity in a significant network of knowledge industry, creative economy, and human services institutions whose missions can be greatly enhanced by provision of robust, dependable, symetrical broadband and internet resources.

Here are some examples:
  • Knowledge Industry Places:
    • Libraries & Public Schools are our communities root knowledge industry institutions.
    • Our Public Universities & Colleges are deeply interwoven with the knowledge industry and the creative economy, and well as broader economic development networks.
    • If new knowledge industry  businesses are to spring up in underdeveloped areas, well, they'll need ubiquitous access to the world's knowledge resources and the ability to distribute knowledge products. 
  • Creative Economy Places:
    • It is broadly agreed that the Creative Economy offers the greatest potential for economic development in the developed world.
    • It includes cultural districts, clusters of arts businesses, and many educational and training institutions.
  • Health & Human Services Places:
    • Our hospitals, community centers, governmental agencies,  and human services industries are ever more dependent on digital tools that expect access to remote servers and databases.


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