National Broadband Infrastructure to Solve Labor Shortage?

from the not-so-sure dept

An interesting proposal that the government should subsidize a national broadband infrastructure. The idea is that such a system would help solve the labor shortage by making location much less relevant to employee hiring decisions. I’m not sure this would work. First off, I’m not sure this needs to be subsidized. Plenty of private firms are out there trying to create that very infrastructure. Second, despite all the hype about telecommuting, it’s never taken off to the level that some people predicted because, despite everything, there’s still something useful about physical proximity for people working together. It simply helps to get stuff done. Sure there are some exceptions, but for the most part a better telecommuting infrastructure isn’t likely to help.

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