TechNet’s December 2012 State Broadband Index report ranks Washington State #1 in the nation. The ranking looks at how “States are actively pursuing ways to use broadband to promote economic development, build strong communities, improve delivery of government services, and upgrade educational systems. The ingredients for meeting those goals are fast and ubiquitous broadband networks, a population of online users, and an economic structure that helps drive broadband innovation and investment in new broadband uses.”
Washington’s top ranking owes in large part to our strong economic orientation toward information and communications technology and application development. The presence of companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, F5 Networks, T-Mobile, and many others, as well as Washington’s concentration of application development companies, creates a state economy which demands high speed connectivity and delivers economic success.
TechNet is comprised of CEOs and senior executives of the nation’s leading companies in the fields of information technology, biotechnology, clean technology, venture capital, e-commerce and finance. They create the State Broadband Index to show where states rank in broadband status, using the indicators of broadband adoption, network quality, and economic structure. TechNet President Rey Ramsey said “We applaud all the states at the top of this index for their leadership in building the broadband infrastructure that is helping deliver economic success and improved quality of life for millions of our fellow citizens.” You can review the 2012 State Broadband Index report here.