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Why does broadband matter?

In the 21st century, broadband is basic infrastructure just as vital as roads and bridges, electrical lines and sewer systems. At the community level, an advanced telecommunications network is critical for driving growth, attracting new businesses, creating jobs, enabling access to emergency services, and remaining competitive in the information-age economy. At the individual level, access to broadband – and the know-how to use it – opens the door to employment opportunities, educational resources, health care delivery, government services and social networks. In many cases, broadband is necessary for applying for a job or even completing a homework assignment. For more information, see infographic Why Does Broadband Matter? (PDF)