Forbes: Raleigh 'most wired'

Posted March 3, 2010

Raleigh topped Forbes magazine's annual list of Most Wired Cities.

The list, released Tuesday, is based on three measures – broadband penetration, broadband access and Wi-Fi hot spots. Taken together, the factors point to locales where residents readily use high-speed Internet inside and outside the home.

The Raleigh metro area, which includes Cary, has a broadband penetration of 71 percent, according to Forbes. It also has 17 broadband providers and 7,024 residents per Wi-Fi hot spot.

The presence of tech companies like Cisco Systems Inc., IBM Corp., Lenovo and Red Hat Inc., as well as area universities, create "fertile ground" for high broadband demand and usage, Forbes says. The magazine also notes that Sprint Nextel offers a 4G mobile broadband network in downtown Raleigh, while larger cities like Boston and New York operate slower-speed networks.

"We're very lucky to be at the epicenter of a lot of market strengths for these different companies," Brooks Raiford, head of the North Carolina Technology Association, told Forbes.

Atlanta finished second on the Most Wired Cities list, followed by Seattle, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The Charlotte metro area was ranked 16th on the list.


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  • Mungo Mar 3, 2010

    That's amazing. And still none of our Internet Service Providers can offer anything higher than 10mbps down stream. You go to a little town like Beaufort, SC and you can get 32mbps downstream.

    Doesn't mean much? It does if you work from home and you have to use Oracle databases, Lotus Notes, or anything else that is network intensive.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 3, 2010

    Why do we allow Forbes to keep giving people the idea to move to Raleigh when our facilities are maxed out by population growth.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Mar 3, 2010

    Our new school board will probably try to have some of the wiring ripped out. Sounds too much like 'progress.'

  • hank5049 Mar 3, 2010

    i can always depend on manofjustice for a good laugh!!

  • Mr William Mar 3, 2010

    Turn off your wireless before suspending the notebook, and putting it in your car. Then the bad guys cannot "snif" for it and find which car has a notebook to be stolen.

    Wireless stays on for awhile, after you lock the car....

  • Here is a Thought Mar 3, 2010

    I am wondering NOW, with the awesome, stellar new, how many will feel the push & press to relocate to Raleigh. Forbes causes nothing but grief, they do us no good.

  • Baba Booey Mar 3, 2010

    I was sure this story was about coffee consumption.

  • manofjustice Mar 3, 2010

    I wish there were more dial up access points in this area. They are still behind times. I wish Raleigh was as sofistimicated as me.

  • blackdog Mar 3, 2010

    I guess, that makes the Triangle a "Progressive" area.

  • Sarge Mar 3, 2010

    Forbes has already caused the quality of life to slip here.