Public Policy Institute | TechnologyFrustration with sluggish, expensive or unavailable broadband has prompted a growing number of communities to find other options. Some 89 cities and towns in the U.S. have launched their own fiber-to-the-home networks, which many experts say is the fastest and most reliable way to access the Internet. The result: Places such as Chattanooga, Tenn., Bristol, Va., and Lafayette, La., now offer Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, or about 100 times faster than today’s average broadband speeds. …
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Christopher Baker is a senior strategic policy adviser for the AARP Public Policy Institute. He works on issues that affect the availability, affordability and use of essential telecommunications and home energy services.
Great Places | Public Policy Institute | TechnologyAffordable access to high-speed Internet networks provides communities with a powerful platform to help meet the challenges — and take advantage of the opportunities — associated with an aging population. This approach to community development deserves more attention from supporters of both age-friendly communities and community broadband networks. High-speed Internet connectivity enables a growing array of applications and services that create and enhance opportunities for health, participation and independence for older Americans. A recent AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) report …