N.C. Broadband releases findings from research symposium

N.C. Broadband’s report Research Roundtable on the Economic and Community Impact of Broadband was released on April 18 at the Broadband Communities Summit 2013 in Dallas, Texas.

N.C. Broadband, a division of the N.C. Department of Commerce, convened a one-day research symposium on Dec. 7, 2012 in Washington, D.C. to examine issues around how to best measure the economic impact of state and national broadband deployment and adoption building efforts, with an emphasis on how these issues pertain to North Carolina and other states. The invitation-only roundtable gathered more than 40 broadband, telecommunications and technology experts from the academic, public and private sectors to examine the status of research and data collection related to the economic impact of broadband, to identify specific gaps and inefficiencies in broadband research, including how states can contribute to this work, and to develop recommendations for moving forward.

Participants agreed that although broadband Internet is widely acknowledged as a driver of sustainable economic and community development, the research approaches and measurement standards necessary to fully evaluate its impact are still developing. “This discussion is important to ensuring that broadband partnerships and programs are developed in ways that deliver the greatest return on investment,” noted N.C. Broadband Director Angie Bailey.

Funding for the meeting and the report was provided by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce as part N.C. Broadband’s State Broadband Initiative grant. The symposium report, including a bibliography of key research articles, is available on N.C. Broadband’s website at www.ncbroadband.gov/broadband-research-roundtable.