32 cities fight for control of their broadband2014-10-21 10:20 by Daniela
A recently formed consortium of 32 cities, called Next Century Cities, has been created with the mission to ensure the availability of 1 Gbps fiber-based broadband anywhere in the United States. The main goal of the organisation is to assist communities in developing and deploying next-generation broadband Internet, while sharing information between each other about what works and what does not.
The start of the initiative was given in Santa Monica, Calif where mayors and other leaders from 31 cities met and exchanged their expirience. Among the cities are Santa Monica; Boston; Chattanooga, TN; Raleigh, NC; Portland, OR; Lafayette, LA.; and San Antonio, TX.
"Across the country, city leaders are hungry to deploy high-speed Internet to transform their communities and connect residents to better jobs, better health care, and better education for their children," said Deb Socia, executive director of Next Century Cities. "These mayors are rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done."
"We share the conviction that high-speed Internet will be a central catalyst for the success of our cities in the decades to come. We want to issue a challenge to leaders and policymakers across the country to work together to ensure every community can get to a gig. Many of the outcomes vital to thriving cities will depend on high-speed Internet in the 21st century," mayors Joey Durel of Lafayette and Andy Berke of Chattanooga said.
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