The need for broadband hinders our community |

The need for broadband hinders our community

Many of the households in our community have some form of business. For example, three of the 15 homes in our local community have businesses needing broadband (high speed internet access – DSL, cable or satellite), but can’t get it. Instead, they spend in excess of $100 a month to get 144 Mps.

When I retired to Nevada County, Cisco Systems, my old employer, induced me to telecommute to Silicon Valley. I was one of three Cisco employees telecommuting from Nevada County, and that was seven years ago. Cisco was an early pioneer in work-force telecommuting. In my department alone, four employees worked from homes in other states (some to avoid high California taxes – Legislature, are you listening?).

In large part, the telecommunications industry’s collapse was due to the bottleneck of the last mile. Communities left behind in the broadband race will be the equivalent of the rust belts of America. Here is an example of what one community was able to do:

Broadband offers the hope of renewed county economic vigor without the increase of traffic smog and round trips of the bedroom community our county has become, e.g., Highway 49.

Bill Thomas

Grass Valley

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