Robert Bell is co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum, where he heads its research and content development activities. He is the author of ICF's pioneering study, Benchmarking the Intelligent Community, the annual Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year white papers and other research reports issued by the Forum, and of Broadband Economies: Creating the Community of the 21st Century. Mr. Bell has also authored articles in The Municipal Journal of Telecommunications Policy, IEDC Journal, Telecommunications, Asia-Pacific Satellite and Asian Communications; and has appeared in segments of ABC World News and The Discovery Channel. A frequent keynote speaker and moderator at municipal and telecom industry events, he has also led economic development missions and study tours to cities in Asia and the US.
As the broadband revolution reshapes our economy, those with the skills and virtuous habits to compete live in one version of your nation, while those without live in another. In every nation, the immigrants are there to point up the distinction.
More properly termed the Cartel Protection Act, the law blocks every other Louisiana municipality from owning and operating a network offering service to the public – which effectively frees the incumbents not to compete where they don’t want to.
he Giant Sucking Sound came to stand for two decades of concern about the offshoring and outsourcing of employment from high-cost zones like the US, Canada and Europe to low-cost zones from Mexico and Eastern Europe to China and Vietnam.
The 21st Century will be shaped by two things new under the sun. One is widespread and increasingly powerful broadband connectivity. The other is that, if you have the skills to make productive use of that connectivity, your choice of a place to live and work no longer depends on the opportunities in the local economy.
Issy of the Windmills (as its name translates into English) has an employment rate of 96 percent. More than 75 percent of its companies are in information and communications technologies, and they created 3,500 new jobs over the past 3 years.