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I just watched “Cory Doctorow: An Audacious Plan to Halt the Internet’s Enshittification and Throw It Into Reverse.” At the end of the presentation, he talked about a poor county in Kentucky, where the introduction of fiber led to a doubling of medium income. There are ongoing debates about how much to spend on bringing fiber into rural areas. Perhaps, a more systemic assessment needs to be factored into these calculations that includes the net results for the local economy.

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Q: Can connecting fiber to poor communities, increase the median income?

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Yes, connecting fiber to poor communities can significantly increase the median income. The introduction of high-speed internet, such as fiber optic connections, in underserved or poor communities can have a transformative effect on their economic development and overall quality of life. Here are several ways in which fiber connectivity can contribute to increasing median income:

  1. Access to Better Employment Opportunities: High-speed internet access opens up a range of remote work opportunities. This can be particularly beneficial in areas where local job markets are limited. Individuals can access better-paying jobs that were previously out of reach due to geographic constraints.
  2. Educational Advantages: Fiber connectivity provides access to online educational resources, e-learning platforms, and distant learning opportunities. Education is a key factor in improving employability and income potential.
  3. Support for Local Businesses: Small and local businesses can benefit significantly from high-speed internet. It allows them to access new markets, improve operational efficiencies, and adopt advanced technologies that were previously inaccessible due to slow or unreliable internet.
  4. Healthcare Improvements: Telehealth services, which require reliable high-speed internet, can significantly improve community health. Better health and access to healthcare services can translate into higher productivity and, consequently, the potential for higher income.
  5. Enhanced Skills and Training: Online courses and training programs become accessible, allowing residents to acquire new skills or improve existing ones. This skill enhancement can lead to better job opportunities and higher wages.
  6. Community Development and Attraction: High-speed internet can make a community more attractive to new businesses and investors, leading to economic development and job creation.
  7. Reduced Costs: Access to online services can reduce costs for individuals and families, including access to cheaper goods, services, and even utilities. This can effectively increase disposable income.
  8. Information Access: Broadband access provides a gateway to a world of information, enabling residents to make more informed decisions about their careers, education, and personal finances.

While the direct correlation between the introduction of fiber internet and the increase in median income can vary based on several factors (like the extent of usage, community engagement, and supporting infrastructure), the potential for positive economic impact is significant. The example of a county in Kentucky, as mentioned in the transcript “CoryDoctorow_halt_Internet_enshittification.txt”, where the introduction of fiber led to a doubling of the median income, illustrates the profound impact high-speed internet can have on a community’s economic well-being.

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