Broadband itself is not an economic development driver
We have talked about this before but I found this blog on the subject particularly interesting. The Washington Post article is particularly interesting. I think that, like roads, many politicians believe that spending money to build a broadband telecom network is an economic development end in and off itself. But when Bathurst and Edmundston combined saw only 90 net new jobs in ICT from 1996 to 2006 – it is clear that broadband (which has been available in both communities for a long time) is not the issue.