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Connect Alaska Report Details Broadband’s Impact on Businesses & Economy

Anchorage, AK – Connect Alaska today released a comprehensive report detailing the key role broadband plays in business performance and the implications for a continuing economic recovery.

The report is based on a scientific survey of 814 business establishments in Alaska and was independently peer reviewed by Alaska’s McDowell Group (www.mcdowellgroup.net).

Among the report’s key findings:

  • Broadband-connected businesses bring in approximately $200,000 more in annual median revenues than non-broadband adopting businesses
  • 7,000 Alaska businesses use the Internet to advertise job openings or accept job applications
  • Online sales in Alaska account for approximately $470 million in annual sales revenue, including $214 million for businesses owned by women or minorities
  • 6,000 businesses in Alaska are still not connected to broadband and are unable to actively participate in the digital global economy
  • Approximately 7,000 Alaska businesses allow employees to telework, including approximately 4,000 small businesses with fewer than 5 employees
  • About 11,000 Alaska business establishments have websites, including 5,000 small businesses with fewer than 5 employees

“Broadband is crucial to keeping the Alaska economy growing, vibrant, and competitive,” said Connect Alaska Executive Director James Dunn. “The findings of this research offer important information to our state’s policymakers and business leaders about how to plan further expansion of broadband access, adoption, and use. It also clarifies how existing services are impacting our local economy and our competitiveness on a global scale.”

Connect Alaska’s Business Technology Assessment was conducted as part of the State Broadband Initiative (SBI) grant program, funded by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The business survey results will be used by state and local leaders to help drive increased adoption and use of broadband.

Through broadband mapping, education, and research such as this business survey, nonprofit Connect Alaska has been working on promoting broadband access, adoption, and use since 2009. Find out more at www.connectak.org

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