A new study links gigabit-speed broadband to higher economic growth, concluding that communities with widely available gigabit access have per capita GDP that is 1.1 percent higher than communities with little to no availability of gigabit services.
Gigabit broadband is broadly defined as speeds reaching 1,000 Mbps, typically achieved by deploying fiber to the home (FTTH) or business. The new study, conducted by the Analysis Group and released by the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council (FTTH), was based on 55 communities in 9 states.
The 14 communities with widely available gigabit broadband enjoyed over $1 billion in additional GDP when gigabit broadband became widely available, says the study. The metropolitan study areas were all in the United States and ranged from Alabama to Oregon.