For Immediate Release:
October 20, 2014
Contact: Deb Socia
Next Century Cities Launches with 32 Cities Leading on High-Speed Internet
New Initiative Brings Together City Leaders to Show Next-Generation Internet as Key to the Future of America’s Towns and Cities
Santa Monica, Calif. (October 20, 2014) – Today 32 cities launched Next Century Cities, a bipartisan, city-to-city initiative dedicated to ensuring the availability of next-generation broadband Internet for all communities. The cities and their elected leaders are joining together to recognize the importance of leveraging gigabit-level Internet to attract new businesses and create jobs, improve health care and education, and connect residents to new opportunities.
Next Century Cities will support communities and their elected leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet. Today’s launch, held at a dynamic coworking space for Santa Monica’s technology companies, convened mayors and other leaders from 31 cities for a cross-cutting discussion about what’s worked in their cities and how to support next-generation networks nationwide.
“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. Next Century Cities will be right alongside them to help make their goal of communities across the country having access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet a reality.”
Next Century Cities will engage with and assist communities in developing and deploying next-generation broadband Internet. Participating cities will work with each other to learn about what works – and what doesn’t – so that every community has access to information that can help them succeed. Cities will also work together to raise awareness of this important issue to all Americans.
At today’s launch, founding city leaders agreed on the importance of next-generation broadband for thriving 21st century communities. The launch event included a video message from Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler and remarks from Mayor Pam O’Connor (D) of Santa Monica, California, Mayor Joey Durel (R) of Lafayette, Louisiana, and Mayor Andy Berke (D) of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The launch event also featured a group discussion among additional mayors, a demonstration of the potential of gigabit Internet connections for cities, and a panel with leading technology officials. Video of the event can be viewed at takeonedigital.com/ee/NCCLaunch.
Next Century Cities Inaugural Partners (32):
Kansas City, KS
Kansas City, MO
Mount Vernon, WA
Palo Alto, CA
Ponca City, OK
San Antonio, TX
Santa Cruz County, CA
Santa Monica, CA
South Portland, ME
Next Century Cities is a city-to-city initiative founded to support communities and their elected leaders, including mayors and other officials, as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet. As innovative municipalities across the country recognize the importance of leveraging gigabit level Internet to attract new businesses and create jobs, improve health care and education, and connect residents to new opportunities, Next Century Cities will celebrate these successes, demonstrate their value, and help other cities to realize the full power of truly high-speed, affordable, and accessible broadband. For more information, visit www.nextcenturycities.org.