CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR OF TRENTON-PAUL PEREZ, PROPOSES DEVELOPMENT OF BROADBAND
Ultra-high-speed internet network is critical infrastructure for growth.
TRENTON, N.J. – Mayoral candidate, Paul Perez, presented the creation of a city wide ultra-high-speed broadband internet network as the foundation to spark all other economic development projects for New Jersey’s capital city. “To lead Trenton in a new direction we have to provide the city with a foundation that can support all the other proposals and projects on which to build a new future,” he stated. “A new future requires making critical public infrastructure investments that will drive of business productivity, security, investment, and economic growth.” Proposed as the Trenton Broadband Initiative (TBI), it centers on the development of a city wide ultra-high-speed broadband network delivering speeds of 1Gbps and above.
A ultrahigh-speed network can attract IT startups, investors and other businesses that rely on such infrastructure, as well as provide broadband connectivity to schools, colleges and the general public at affordable prices. “Through a public-private partnership we can develop an affordable broadband network and create the conditions for schools, colleges, businesses and even the State offices to have a reliable and resilient IT infrastructure, ” he stated.
“Providing high speed internet connectivity allows us the capacity to bridge the digital divide, increasing the educational and social inequalities that many Trentonians face. It’s that simple.”
According to a 2013 UNESCO report found that doubling the broadband speed for an
economy can increase GDP growth by 0.3% on average and is an important factor to spur economic growth in the overall economy.
“We do not have to reinvent the wheel. What is missing is the capacity to execute, and the spirit to reach out, and topromote our willingness to do business. Utilizing current resources and key partnerships, we intend to strengthen education resources, support small businesses and attract domestic and international investors,” Mr. Perez added.
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