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Frequently Asked Questions
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Broadband in the 21st Century
In the 20th century, the rise of the interstate highway system became the key economic
driver, facilitating the exchange of goods and services and connecting markets.
In the 21st century, this role is played by broadband data infrastructure.
A robust broadband data infrastructure is essential to the economic survival of
towns, cities, and entire regions today and in the future.
Congress recognized the importance of broadband in Section 706 of the 1996 Telecommunications
Act which instructs the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to
"encourage the deployment on a reasonable and timely basis
of advanced telecommunications capability to all Americans."
In 2009 broadband has become a priority. As the Federal Communications Commission
Broadband technology is a key driver of economic growth. The ability to share
large amounts of information at ever-greater speed increases productivity, facilitates
commerce, and drives innovation. Broadband is changing how we communicate
with each other, how and where we work, how we educate our children, and how we
When it comes to the Internet - speed matters. Communities must have
ready access to high-speed connectivity in order to remain competitive in the global
The Big Deal About Broadband
Fiber-optic broadband provides a means for connecting homes, businesses, and government
buildings with one another - and with the world - through the Internet.
The main advantage of fiber broadband is that it's roughly 500 times faster
than cable and 20,000 times faster than dial-up.
The Importance of Broadband
When it comes to the Internet, speed matters. Businesses must have ready access
to high-speed connectivity in order to support the continued development of the
services and applications that enable them to remain competitive in the global economy.
In turn, high-speed networks stimulate innovation and entrepreneurial development
Anoka County's Broadband Vision
As one of Minnesota's fastest growing counties, Anoka County includes both
areas of high-density urban development as well as quaint communities and scattered
farmsteads. This unique blend of population growth and rural identity highlights
the important role of broadband in the future of Anoka County. The County recognizes
a need to provide and improve access for broadband services for residents and businesses
throughout the County.
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