Poll: Americans Say Fast Internet is Key to the Economy
The ripple effect of a powerful broadband connection is immeasurable when it comes to how internet connectivity positively impacts almost every facet of life in America, from healthcare to education to business to entertainment to personal connections. What's even more incredible is how it affects the U.S. economy, not just nationally but locally as well. As cable operators invest billions of dollars annually to upgrade and expand their networks, cities and towns all over the country benefit from business growth, a diverse workforce and connected consumers—whether it's a small village in arctic Alaska or a bustling city like Chicago.
Americans are noticing this impact that connectivity has on their communities and way of life, and it turns out that the majority place a large value on fast internet. According to a Morning Consult poll conducted this past February, 80 percent of people responded that high-speed internet service is important to the U.S. economy. In addition, 77 percent answered that high-speed internet is important to their state's economy, and 75 percent responded the same about their community's economy.
The cable industry has a $421 billion industry economic impact, contributing to over 2.9 million jobs. That comes out to over 300 cable employees in every congressional district in the U.S. With a strong workforce and continued investment in the internet's infrastructure, the industry strives to set every community up for success.