We need many more local internet exchanges!
There is good evidence that internet exchanges are beneficial to the cities that attract them. With all the debate about internet speed, many businesses will become more effective simply by clustering in business exchange areas which co-locate computing power and high-speed internet access.
This is a major part of the design for the Internet age - yet we seem to have lost it in all the debate about broadband speeds.
In the UK, for instance, there are very few Internet exchanges. London and Manchester are there - but we need many more - probably more like several hundred or one thousand, maybe?
If we were to get the myopic policy making agenda to think a bit bigger, we might actually start to create true economic regeneration, rather than get tied-up in the debate on where the fibre should go to.
More importantly, by defining the end-point of local internet exchanges, it becomes much clearer where the local middle-mile or backhaul networks should be built. Without the anchor-point of a defined local internet exchange, we invariably fall-back on the legacy telephone exchange - and get caught up with all the issue of incumbency vested interests that come with the old designs.