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December 5, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Study: Washington No. 1 for broadband, tech economy

Sorry California.

Washington topped a new national ranking of tech savvy states benefiting from broadband.

The report was produced by TechNet, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group formed by tech executives who have pushed to make broadband a top priority for lawmakers. Among the founders is John Chambers, chief executive of network technology provider Cisco, which sponsored the study released today.

“Simply put, broadband is the foundation for our nation’s continued technology and economic leadership,” TechNet Chief Executive Rey Ramsey said in the release. “Broadband is shown to help create economic growth, job creation and many other benefits.”

Criteria included broadband adoption, network quality and economic structure.

Washington led largely because of its “economic structure” rating. That includes the percentage of jobs in “information and communication technology” industries and “ICT-centric” workers such as computing programmers or network administrators.

That reflects the presence of major software companies and companies such as network technology provider F5 and telecoms like T-Mobile USA.

Another factor was an estimate of the percentage of jobs in app development. The study noted that Washington has a number of companies developing mobile apps. It’s also home to the world’s largest app developer – Microsoft.

Right behind Washington in the ranking were Massachusetts and Delaware, followed by Maryland and California. Oregon ranked 13th.

“TechNet’s Broadband study confirms the importance of high speed Internet access for our state,” Washington Governor Chris Gregoire said in TechNet’s release. “Our companies and residents are innovators, and they make the most of the high-speed networks in our communities. Washington’s broadband environment has grown through years of planning and commitment, and we welcome the findings released today.”

The study said Massachusetts’ benefited from its “cluster of universities and tech companies” and Delaware did well because it has a “high network quality and concentration of corporate headquarters reliant on broadband connectivity.”

Here’s the report: TechNet_StateBroadband3a (1).pdf

Here’s TechNet’s infographic issued with the press release:

StateBroadband_Infographic2b.jpg

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