Next Century Cities supports mayors and community leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that everyone has fast, affordable and reliable internet access.
Next Century Cities Hosts Congressional Briefing on Importance of Local Voices in Broadband Decisions
Yesterday, Next Century Cities and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) hosted a Congressional briefing for members of the United States House of Representatives about the importance of local voices in broadband decision-making. The briefing featured a panel of local officials, who represented a diverse array of creative local solutions, and each spoke to the transformative power of broadband in their community.
There isn’t one right way to bring broadband to your city. There is, however, a common element that appears in many city success stories: a staff member leading the effort. Having a staff member in a leadership role who is passionate and dedicated to connectivity in your city can make a world of difference. This role can take on a variety of titles, from Chief Technology Officer or IT Director to “Community Broadband Manager.” For the purposes of this piece, we will refer to this employee as the “broadband manager.”
Given the recent focus by the President, Congress, and the FCC on the importance of solving the rural broadband access divide, Next Century Cities’ Executive Director Deb Socia felt it was important to encourage action steps that could actually result in progress toward that goal. She included three key policy recommendations in a recent op-ed.
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Communities stepping into the 21st century through next-generation networks face myriad challenges. It is essential to provide crucial support to facilitate these innovative projects. Next Century Cities and our members work to overcome obstacles to success.
We work with leaders and their communities to share their stories. We make the case that next-generation internet is essential infrastructure that can deliver transformative benefits to communities today.