Earlier this week, the House Jobs and Economic Development Finance Division heard from Steve Grove the new Commissioner at the Department of Employment and Economic Development. I watched the meeting thinking that broadband might come up. It didn’t come up directly – but it was certainly in the ether.
I have pulled out two questions from legislators that I thought were interesting:
Rep Jim Davnie asks how DEED measures the impact of the Gig economy:
Rep Tim Mahoney asks about working with entrepreneurs on business of the future, not the past:
There was a lot of discussion on two new websites:
- RealTime Talent a “job to candidate” matching platform Note: this is actually a Chamber of Commerce website
- CareerForce a career development and talent matching resource
Both are designed to get workers into the right job. BUT the assumption is that you can get online to access the website, which means have a computer, broadband and skills to use them. Now you don’t need top access to use a website but by moving so many resources online, it makes sense to maximize the number of people who can access it.
Finally Steve Grove spent quite a bit of time talking about his experience at YouTube and Google. That experience will likely set a expectation of a technology standard and understanding of the benefit of the technology for those who can access it. I think it helps to make the case that broadband is important when you’re working with someone who clearly has a great deal of experience and expertise with broadband.