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NEW INDEX: Internet Association Scores States On Ease Of Doing Internet Business

HOOTON: “This index can help policymakers foster the next great tech hub in their state.”


Washington, D.C. – Internet Association today released a new report that finds Colorado is the easiest state to start and grow an internet business. This new index measures and ranks each state on its ease of doing internet business, finding highly ranked states have fostered a strong internet sector and a stronger local economy overall. Modeled on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index, the report underscores the need to adopt a wide range of policies to drive economic growth in all 50 states.

“A comprehensive public policy approach is necessary to create robust internet sectors that propel local economies in all 50 states,” said Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of Internet Association. “The uneven nature of the most recent economic recovery underscores the need for state leaders to adopt policies that will support a dynamic internet economy to drive long-term growth.”

As policymakers seek solutions to revive business dynamism across the country, the report highlights the pivotal role the internet can play in growing struggling economies. Entitled “Ease Of Doing Internet Business,” the index (EDIB) identifies the core ingredients necessary for a strong internet economy, providing a roadmap for policymakers in states across the country looking to boost local economic growth.

Key findings are:

“This index can help policymakers foster the next great tech hub in their state,” said Internet Association’s Chief Economist Dr. Chris Hooton. “It also shows that creating a strong internet economy requires more than simply recruiting technology companies to your state, but adopting a comprehensive set of policies to jumpstart long-lasting internet sector growth.”

To read the full report, click here.