Given the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the increasing number of electronic devices we use daily, the cloud has created jobs that were previously unimagined. In many cases, this allows people the ability to work online from the physical location of their choosing. These new jobs have created a labor pool that is critical to a community ecosystem. 75% of employees who work remotely earn over $65,000 a year, meaning they make more and spend more than the average office worker.
As such, a key component of a community’s broadband plan should be how to attract and maintain digital workers. One concept to consider is creating local spaces where entrepreneurs and digital workers could do their jobs, converge, and share ideas. This is where co-working spaces or “incubators” come in. Statistically speaking, people who work in co-working spaces are significantly happier with their jobs than people working in traditional office environments. This seems to be primarily due to scheduling flexibility while retaining some form of structure and opportunities for community engagement. Cities and towns with popular co-working spaces would be happier, healthier, and, thus, more productive.
These “connected spaces” aren’t just for new service providers and municipal networks; they can work for existing service providers looking to showcase their offerings. Service providers have the capability to offer connected spaces with all the services small businesses and start-ups need: access to high speed / quality internet, unified communications, video conferencing, and cloud-based applications.
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