Yes, internet bandwidth IS a key driver of economic growth

A commenter on my last blog post The latest country comparisons in that key economic driver: broadband speed questioned whether bandwidth does drive economic growth.

While it is easy to take that for granted, there are in fact many studies that have demonstrated this fact. One of the more interesting is a Booz & Co study that compared labor productivity growth over 5 years with bandwidth, titled Digital Highways: The Role of Government in 21st-Century Infrastructure.

bandwidth_productivity.gif

Another useful study is The Digital Road to Recovery by the US Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, which estimated that of the 500,000-odd jobs created by a $10 billion broadband stimulus package, just 64,000 would be in direct employment, and the remaining 434,000 would be from indirect, induced or network effect jobs.

Just a handful of the many many ways that increased bandwidth stimulates the economy are:

– increased productivity

– greater price transparency

– efficiencies in the supply chain

– lower communications costs

– development of major new industries including telemedicine and connected homes

– higher levels of education through access to online resources

– more efficient work and use of public infrastructure through telecommuting

– more efficient labor allocation through better job advertising

Breadth of access to broadband is critical to economic development – this is not just about speed of access available to a minority.

I am certain that we can readily gain substantial benefit from speeds 10-100 times what we have currently. I will return to this juicy topic later.

  • I think it is the other way around!
    Economic growth is a key driver for bandwidth penetration. I also believe that bandwidth have some effect on the economy but not that much…
    In the graph, where are China and India? The two biggest countries in the world that wouldn’t fit in this graph at all. (I think…)
    Anyway nice blog!
    Peter

  • Causality is not certain here, but there is no particular reason to think that productivity growth will drive broadband penetration, as shown in the chart.
    Good question re China and India – I haven’t seen their productivity growth stats recently.

  • hedg

    There are various styles of Knockoff designer handbags on our online shop,you can wholesale replica handbags with low price and free shipping,our cheap replica handbags are AAA quality and popular styles,enjoy your shopping now! we offers large amounts of newest and best fake designer handbags , Each high quality Replica Chanel Handbags comes in a great variety of colors and models. The most amazing thing is the superior quality and the similar design as the replica designer jewelry which help us win many customers’ praises. Moreover, we still take proud in our competitive price and the best service! Created by Thomas Burberry in 1856, Burberry enjoys a long history of fashion. It is one of the oldest designer brands. knockoff handbags represents luxury and it enjoys a strong global recognition. If you want to wholesale replica handbags, undoubtly, the finest knockoff jewelry are the best choice for you! You are surely going to turn many heads by carrying these beautiful replica designer handbags around!