I love the quality of life and only a small town can truly offer.
Unfortunately, most small towns don’t have the communications infrastructure built for the 21st century. This means businesses located in a small town cannot compete on a level playing field in our digital economy. As our tasks increasingly shift to the cloud, more internet capacity will be needed to maintain internet productivity. Eventually, these growing businesses will be forced to stop hiring because they don’t have enough internet capacity to keep growing their workforce.
And those small town entrepreneurs must choose to either give up on their dream or give up on their hometown. Job growth slows to a halt
What about K-12 education? My kids are constantly coming home with new online homework assignments. Forward-thinking schools are shifting to digital books and integrating mobile and video technology into the classroom. Without the best internet we limit our children’s future possibilities.
Our small town universities growth is limited without their ability to export their education programs all over the world. Campus life quickly loses relevance with each new wave of freshman.
This cycle will begin to impact community in the form of reduced residential growth because the first question most people ask when buying a house is ‘what are the schools like?’ When a community lacks jobs, offers a bleak future for families and residential growth stalls or even declines, what type of business want to move there?
When seniors need specialized care on a regular basis, they are forced to move closer to their health care specialist. Imagine being ripped from your support community, precisely when you need it the most. With a 21st century communications infrastructure, healthcare providers will be able to provide specialized care via the internet. Emergency responders will be able to more effectively collaborate with ER personnel to save lives when seconds matter.
For those that remain in the community, what will the quality of life really be like? The way we connect with our friends, entertain ourselves, and keep our busy lives organized will be limited unless we build the 21st century internet that our small towns need.
Will you join us?