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Comparing indexes is always a useful exercise. The AEA offers some interesting contrasts with the Metropolitan Area Competitiveness Index, issued each year by BHI.
While AEA identifies the value of a wired city or metropolitan area to the workforce, BHI takes a look at the depth of that connectivity.
According to the report, the top five cities for high speed internet access per 1000 residents, a variable BHI lists under the infrastructure subindex, were:
Hartford,Washington D.C. ranked 21st and Dallas finished 39th. While these two reports do not compare the same exact figures, the AEA report and the BHI report do appear to complement each other and underscore the importance of broadband access to the new economy.
Given these measures, it's likely that high-tech companies and its workers will place a high premium on how well a city or metropolitan area is wired.