Cleaver, Joanne. “Remote.” Housing Wire Magazine, Housing Wire, 28 Jan. 2021, issuu.com/housingwiremagazine/docs/hw_v14i01_february_2021_online.

Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini was approached by Joanne Cleaver of Housing Wire Magazine to share his perspective on the role of Broadband in her article about attracting new talent and maintaining an energized workforce as COVID-19 finds employees migrating to more rural areas and changes the complexion of the traditional work place to a remote work place.

Rouzbeh offers a strategy for economic development through the alignment of municipalities, Counties and States prioritizing full deployment of  broadband technology through tax policy, regulatory incentives and private investment.

“The pandemic could yield a lasting legacy if municipalities, counties and states forge alliances for economic development and use their combined power to rapidly build universal broadband, align tax policies and regulatory incentives to encourage private and public expansion of broadband to connect all American citizens,” said Rouzbeh Yassini, executive director of the Broadband Center of Excellence at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire.

“States need to relinquish counterproductive strategies focusing on stealing business from each other and combine forces. That’s the only way many small towns and rural areas will gain critical mass to justify private investment in 5G, both through wired (cable and phone) and wireless services.”

“If you get 5 or 6 state governments together, and get regional connectivity vision established, they will improve the economic value of that entire region for web based daily services and for mapping, driverless cars and gain scale for recruiting residents, farmers and business,” Yassini said citing the cascade of services that could support remote working, aging in place and other life enhancing functions.

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