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 recently marked the third anniversary of the organization’s 2014 launch. Over three short years, this nonprofit coalition that started with just 32 mayors has grown to represent 35 million Americans in 182 communities across the country, and has worked tirelessly to represent local leaders’ voices in national broadband debates and to advocate for city rights and choices.
Next Century Cities has been selected to host a policy forum panel at SXSW EDU in Austin, Texas in March 2018. The panel, “Collaboration as a Path to Digital Equity,” will discuss how Charlotte, N.C., Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, and the non-profit Eliminate the Digital Divide all partnered to address the city’s “homework gap.” Panelists will talk about how the project came into being, the ways the community was mobilized, and how the schools collaborated to focus on shared digital equity solutions. The panel hopes to provide concrete action steps for others who are looking to pursue similar projects in their own communities.
Today Next Century Cities helped celebrate the official launch of Ammon, Idaho’s fiber utility service. The city’s fiber network is the first of its kind, and put the Idaho town on the front lines of global infrastructure innovation and economic development. Ammon paid for the installation of the initial fiber backbone, but the network is unique because it’s built as open access infrastructure, which allows independent internet service providers to operate over the network in order to compete for customers.
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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.