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The job factories of the future – what successful communities will look like.

“So Much Fun.  So Irrelevant.” is the title of Thomas Friedman’s New York Times online post of January 3, 2012.  In it he discusses what the Republican candidates are not talking about.  It is a worthwhile read in the typical Thomas Friedman fashion.  The below paragraph struck me as especially interesting because it lists some of the traits of the successful community, which is here referred to as ecosystem, of the future.

The best of these ecosystems will be cities and towns that combine a university, an educated populace, a dynamic business community and the fastest broadband connections on earth. These will be the job factories of the future. The countries that thrive will be those that build more of these towns that make possible “high-performance knowledge exchange and generation,” explains Blair Levin, who runs the Aspen Institute’s Gig.U project, a consortium of 37 university communities working to promote private investment in next-generation ecosystems.

Majority of Americans now have broadband at home.

The Pew Internet Home Broadband Adoption 2008 Report is now available and contains interesting and useful information.  Here’s a summary table from the report:

Americans with broadband at home 2005 2006 2007 2008
Yearly adoption
All adults 33% 42% 47% 55%
Gender
Male 31 45 50 58
Female 27 38 44 53
Age
18-29 38 55 63 70
30-49 36 50 59 69
50-64 27 38 40 50
65+ 8 13 15 19
Race /ethnicity
White (not Hispanic) 31 42 48 57
Black (not Hispanic) 14 31 40 43
Hispanic (English speaking) 28 41 47 56
Educational attainment
Less than high school 10 17 21 28
High school grad 20 31 34 40
Some college 35 47 58 66
College + 47 62 70 79
Household income
Under $20K 13 18 28 25
$20K-$30K 19 27 34 42
$30K-$40K 26 40 40 49
$40K-$50K 28 47 52 60
$50K-$75K 35 48 58 67
$75K-$100K 51 67 70 82
Over $100K 62 68 82 85
Community type
Urban 31 44 52 57
Suburban 33 46 49 60
Rural 18 25 31 38
Source: Pew Internet Project

Alabama Establishes Broadband Initiative

On May 22, 2008 Governor Bob Riley issued Executive Order 42 establishing the Alabama Broadband Initiative (ABI).  The order states that, “The mission of the Alabama Broadband Initiative shall be to extend the benefits of advanced broadband technology to every community in the state through collaborative partnerships with governmental and private sector stakeholders.”

But is there a demand for broadband in rural Alabama – or America for that matter?  Check out that perspective at  ZDNet’s Tom Steinert-Threlkeld’s blog.