Broadband Outside Silicon Valley

Living in Silicon Valley really distorts one’s perspective of technology. I was reminded of this from two recent incidents.

The first reminder was a travel conference that I attended recently. Of the 2000 attendees, it seemed that I was the only one that was astounded that there was no Internet access at the conference. Evidently, it is possible to have a conference without the Internet. Who knew?

The second reminder was a news article on broadband acceptance in Iowa. Iowa has made great progress in getting basic broadband accessible to 95% of the state’s population. Even with this large buildout, 45% are not interested in getting broadband. Even more interesting is that 31% of the population did not have a computer at all.


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