High speed bandwidth essential to attracting 'knowledge workers'

Access to high speed bandwidth is a critical part in economic development.   File photo

Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce President and CEO John Crutchfield said high speed bandwidth is a key factor in attracting “knowledge workers” and companies to communities and for insuring economic development.

In a recent article appearing on the Killeen Chamber’s website, Crutchfield laid out the case for communities to keep up with the changes in the global economy by attracting “knowledge workers” who make up the majority of U.S. workers.

“Knowing that knowledge workers make up the majority of our workforce, and that they can work from anywhere, it follows that economic development efforts should focus on making communities attractive to these workers,” Crutchfield wrote in his piece. “Simply put: if a community wants to grow its economy, it should focus on growing its knowledge-based economy. Why? Because that is where the jobs are.”

Crutchfield said access to high speed bandwidth is a critical part in economic development and enticing companies to consider the area for their business growth. 

“High speed broadband is a prerequisite for companies looking to open or expand in a community,” Crutchfield said in his article.

He said the first steps to reaching adequate bandwidth is for communities to inventory their bandwidth and then implement a plan to work with providers and secure funding for bandwidth service improvements.

“Today, the world is online and bandwidth has become the 21st century infrastructure issue,” Crutchfield wrote.

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