Top 10 List: Broadband as Economic Engine

Based on analysis from sources including the American Library Association and the FCC, the Internet Innovation Alliance has identified 10 ways high-speed Internet access contributes to job creation: Jobs that depend on broadband availability are projected to...

Based on analysis from sources including the American Library Association and the FCC, the Internet Innovation Alliance has identified 10 ways high-speed Internet access contributes to job creation:



  1. Jobs that depend on broadband availability are projected to increase 25% by 2018.


  2. A $10 billion investment in broadband would produce nearly 500,000 new jobs.


  3. Nearly 18% of new jobs in North Carolina are created as a direct result of broadband Internet.


  4. In Minnesota, 60% of unemployed adults, 30% of homemakers and almost 17% of retirees say they would likely join the workforce if empowered by teleworking.


  5. Local economic growth and secondary investment enabled by broadband expansion is 10 times the initial investment.


  6. More than 62% of American workers rely on the Internet to do their jobs.


  7. 37% of employees say the ability to telecommute would cause them to choose one job over another.


  8. Among U.S. workers, 14% telecommute or work from home at least one day a week.


  9. Nearly 75% of public libraries across the nation offer computer resources for job seekers.


  10. Job seekers had a 27% increase in success by using social networks like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to generate referrals.


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