Washington ranks first in broadband Internet, study says

Washington ranks first in the nation for broadband adoption, network speeds and economic structure, according to a study released by TechNet, a network of CEOs and senior executives promoting the growth of technology-led innovation.

 “The state’s ranking reflects state broadband planning going back to 2008 and more than $2.3 billion in public and private investment in infrastructure and training during that period,” said Will Saunders, program and policy director for the Washington State Broadband Office, in a press release. “The study also confirms that we are ideally positioned for economic growth based on this work.”

The state’s index rating is based on measures that “promote economic development, build strong communities, improve delivery of government services and upgrade educational programs,” according to the study’s lead researcher, John B. Horrigan.

Horrigan helped write the National Broadband Plan and was a researcher for the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

A high broadband adoption rate (77 percent in 2010), network speeds as measured by Akamai, and the state economy’s orientation to broadband including information, communication and technology jobs all contributed to Washington’s ranking.

The full report is available at www.technet.org

More information about broadband in Washington State can be found at  www.broadband.wa.gov .

The Washington State Broadband Office is part of the Washington State Department of Commerce.

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