When young couple Kara Burke and Tom Cairns went house-hunting, they thought they had found their ideal abode: an aged but up-to-date three-bedroom home in Worthington, Massachusetts. While the house did seem to have what any home buyer would want, however, it lacked one significant amenity that prevented them from making a deal: high-speed Internet. As Burke explained, a speedy broadband connection is right up there with electricity.
It’s not surprising for the aforementioned young couple to think that way, considering that the worldwide Web is now central to the way most Americans work and live. Students in homes without access may easily find themselves lagging in school assignments, and studies have shown that towns with limited to no web access typically find themselves falling behind economically. Today, that trend has grown to heavily influence buyer decisions on real estate as well.