Help us determine the community ROI of better broadband

Bill Coleman and I are hitting the road to talk to a few communities about their success with broadband. Our purpose is to put our arms around what are the community benefits of better broadband. We often talk about the business ROI (return on investment) and there is no question that it is difficult to make a business case to see a ROI if you are only looking at metrics for the broadband provider.

But there are community benefits. Just last month the MN Broadband Task Force heard from the radio station in Rock County that their new fiber connection costs $85 per month. Their old connection was close to $1800 per month!

It doesn’t take too many stories like that to help community leaders and policymakers recognize the community benefits of better broadband.

I’m looking for more Minnesota stories like the radio station. If you have a good story on saving money or earning more money or saving time or other tangible benefits – please let me know by competing the Broadband Benefits to the Community survey.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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