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.