Broadband update – Deloitte has new data. The first bit sounds like data we’ve reported before. 6 million Americans — roughly 5% of the population — lacked access to broadband internet speeds of at least 4 megabytes per second.
Here’s the new data. Deloitte estimates more than 875,000 new jobs and $186 billion in additional economic output would have occurred in 2019 had there been a 10-point increase in broadband access in 2014.
Why do we care?
It’s that second bit that I really care about. There’s a direct link between economic growth and jobs that broadband gives.
IT services companies should be pushing for investments in broadband. That grows new customers, and it grows new services opportunities. And here’s the data to prove it.