The Addison Independent reported yesterday that FairPoint plans to make DSL coverage available to everyone in Addison County by 2010.
Full coverage of the high-speed, or broadband, Internet access is good news for Addison County businesses, which will be able to take full advantage of the Internet’s capabilities. Faster service can mean more productivity, access to more customers and services, better jobs, and opportunities for telecommuting.
According to the Benton Foundation, a private foundation that works to ensure that media and technology serve the public interest, universal broadband access in the United States could lead to an estimated $500 billion in economic growth and the creation of more than 1.2 million high-way jobs.
The connections, which are significantly faster than traditional dial-up services, are also good news for consumers, who can take advantage of music and video streaming online, faster downloads, better connections to family and friends and potentially a more informed electorate.
Too bad they won't finish in time for the '08 elections. I don't know what I'd do without my daily dose of online campaign coverage. Not to mention the ability to stream the debates on my laptop, since we don't own a TV.