Study: Broadband users less likely to leave labor force

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Ford noted that the benefits were not restricted to users with home Web connections. He said policymakers should not disregard the potential of public computing centers in favor of "a rigid requirement that broadband be built to everyone's home," which he called "a prohibitively expensive undertaking."

Ford also noted that mobile broadband has become the preferred method for many Americans, particularly low-income households, to connect to the Web. He said there are still meaningful shortfalls in wireless coverage in rural areas and said private investments such as AT&T's pledge to build out next-generation mobile broadband coverage to 97 percent of the country could help improve the efficiency of rural labor markets.