Your office has been pushing for expansion of broadband in the county. Why do you see broadband as a vehicle for economic development?
High-capacity Internet is one of the most effective tools communities have at spurring economic development. The economy of the 21st century is predicated up on data and information, and a large barrier to economic growth for local government is the fact that our data infrastructure is generally outdated. It is important to look beyond the traditional model of economic development, which often relied exclusively on box stores or other major physical developments, toward a less-impactful, higher-return, investment model.