Study: Broadband Is $1 Trillion Economy Driver

IIA-commissioned analysis concludes Title II could take bite out of that

The U.S. broadband and information and communications technology (ICT) sectors have generated over a trillion dollars in annual value to the U.S. economy, according to an economic analysis commissioned by the Internet Innovation Alliance.

The study concludes that all that activity was generated thanks to an "environment of light federal regulation." And while the study authors say they don't know how the FCC's Title II reclassification of ISPs will affect economic growth and employment, they predict from former analysis and review of the literature and history that it could adversely affect broadband and ICT investment and have "significant secondary costs" for other industries.

Among the takeaways are that $1,019.2 billion in value is added, or 5.9% of U.S. GDP, employing almost 5 million workers (full time or full time equivalent), and average salaries across the sector of $104,390, or 59.3% more than the average national wage of $65,517.

“Today, high-speed Internet is the backbone for 21st century economic growth in the digital economy,” said Rick Boucher, honorary IIA chair and the former Democratic chair of the House Telecommunications Subcommittee. “Unnecessary price regulation in competitive broadband markets will have far-reaching negative impacts on U.S. economic growth and development."