OLYMPIA, WA – Washington State ranks number one in the nation for broadband adoption, network speeds and economic structure according to a study released today by TechNet, a network of CEOs and senior executives that promote the growth of technology-led innovation.
“The state’s ranking reflects state broadband planning going back to 2008 and more than $2.3 billion in public and private investment in infrastructure and training during that period,” said Will Saunders, program and policy director for the Washington State Broadband Office
. “The study also confirms that we are ideally positioned for economic growth based on this work.”
The state’s index rating is based on measures that “promote economic development, build strong communities, improve delivery of government services and upgrade educational programs,” according to the study’s lead researcher, John B. Horrigan. Horrigan helped write the National Broadband Plan and was a researcher for thePew Internet and American Life Project
A high broadband adoption rate (77 percent in 2010), network speeds as measured by Akamai
, and the state economy’s orientation to broadband including information, communication and technology jobs all contributed to Washington’s ranking. The full report is available at www.technet.org
Washington is number one when it comes to broadband according to a study by TechNet released today. High rates of broadband use, a broadband-connected economy and better than average network speeds put the state ahead of other tech states including California and Utah.
The number one status of the state means it will be easier for the state to attract and grow companies and increase jobs. State policy and financial support as well as cooperation among broadband providers were cited as factors in Washington’s success.
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