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Is broadband a necessity or a nice to have?

Is broadband a necessity or a nice to have?
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Do you think broadband access is a nice to have or a necessity?

324 votes tallied
Broadband is a nice to have
27 votes
Broadband is a necessity
297 votes

Last month, I attended the 5th Annual Leadership North Carolina Forum. The day was filled with amazing information and thought-provoking ideas for the future. However, one session I attended kept me thinking.

The session, The Digital Divide: Who's Building the Bridge included a panel of experts talking about access to broadband on a variety of levels. The panel was moderated by Mark Sorrells, Senior Vice President from the Golden Leaf Foundation and included the following experts:

  • Joe Freddoso, President and CEO of MCNC
  • Jack Stanley, Regional Vice Preseident of Government Relations, Time Warner Cable
  • Carlos Sanchez, Director of Statewide Affairs, AT&T North Carolina
  • Grant Goings, City Manager, City of Wilson, North Carolina

The big takeway for me was around the "rights" to broadband. During the session, I had on both my education and business hats.

I started thinking about how students could do their homework when it required Internet access. What if broadband was not at their home or a student did not have a device to connect with? What if it was available at their home, but not affordable? Would a 56-K modem even cut it now-a-days?

Now put your business hat on. Do businesses require a broadband connection to survive in today's business climate? Is it required to do business in real-time with global and local competition?

What do you think...is broadband a necessity or a nice to have?

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Jason Hibbets
Jason Hibbets - Jason Hibbets is a senior community evangelist in Corporate Marketing at Red Hat where he is a community manager for Opensource.com. He has been with Red Hat since 2003 and is the author of The foundation for an open source city. Prior roles include senior marketing specialist, project manager, Red Hat Knowledgebase maintainer, and support engineer. Follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets