Broadband is vital for upward mobility in rural, says Brookings report
September 6, 2017 by Blandin Foundation
Investing in quality education, 21st century technology (like broadband), and family planning are three promising areas that lead to opportunity in rural communities, finds a recently released Brookings report, Rural dreams: Upward mobility in America’s countryside. Authors Eleanor Krause and Richard Reeves expand on Raj Chetty’s research on the rates of social mobility in rural places.
Krause and Reeves find that counties with the highest upward mobility also had:
- higher out-migration rates, particularly among youth and young adults,
- higher quality K-12 education,
- improved measures of family stability,
- and stronger local labor markets.
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