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Wednesday, 12th October 2011

The Economic Impact of Rural Telecommunications: The Greater Gains

Source: Hudson Institute

From the executive summary:

Rural telecommunications companies contributed $14.5 billion to the economies of the states in which they operated in 2009. Of this, $10.3 billion was through their own operations and $4.2 billion was through the follow-on impact of their operations. The cumulative $14.5 billion can be referred to as "final economic demand."

From the introduction:

This study presents evidence about the direct and indirect economic effects of the rural telecommunications industry. The direct effects consider the industry from the perspective of national income accounting (the approach used to calculate the  Gross Domestic Product (GDP) measure). The indirect economic effects are not measured in income accounting. They reflect telecommunication’s role as a catalyst and limiting factor in the production of other goods and services. Another set of indirect effects stem from the nature of rural economies where rural telecommunications companies are some of the relatively largest and most complex companies.

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Peggy Garvin, of Garvin Information Consulting, is the author of United States Government Internet Directory (Bernan Press) and Real World Research Skills, 2009 (TheCapitol.Net). In her 20 years in the information business, Peggy has managed electronic information products and services in a variety of environments, including commercial publishing, e-commerce, law firms, and the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. Peggy's work has been recognized with the 2011 SLA Dow Jones Leadership Award. She has a Masters of Library Science degree from Syracuse University School of Information Studies.

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