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  • Open Technology Institute Releases “Building Broadband Commons: Tools for Planners and Communities”

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015

    The Open Technology Institute at New America recently released a paper to guide community planning of broadband projects. Entitled “Building Broadband Commons: Tools for Planners and Communities,” the paper gives an overview of different models communities can deploy to help provide fast, affordable, and reliable Internet to all their citizens, and suggestions for how government, private industry, and civil society stakeholders can contribute to these projects.

    You can learn more and download the report here, and you can also find it on our Resources page.

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  • Missouri Moves to Restrict Local Choice

    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    This past week, the Missouri Senate Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government Committee voted in favor of Senate Bill 266, advancing the legislation closer to passage by the Senate. The bill would inhibit communities from developing high-quality gigabit Internet networks by barring any municipality from developing a network in an area currently served by a private provider without both issuing a feasibility study and putting the proposal up for popular vote.

    As an organization, Next Century Cities is committed to the principle of local choice, and firmly believes that communities must be fully empowered to choose, free from any interference, whatever method is best suited to provide fast, affordable, and reliable Internet to its residents. As SB 266 awaits a final vote before the Missouri Senate, we hope that lawmakers in the Show Me State will seriously consider how best to support, rather than inhibit, local communities in making their own choice about the best path to a thriving future.

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  • White House Announces New Broadband Opportunity Council

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    Yesterday, the White House announced the formation of a new Broadband Opportunity Council. This new forum of 25 federal agencies builds off the President’s proposed broadband policy agenda, unveiled in January in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and will be co-chaired by the Departments of Commerce and Agriculture.

    At Next Century Cities, we know that federal policy can play a key role in shaping the possibilities available to cities and towns seeking to improve access to broadband Internet. We’re hopeful that the Council will serve as opportunity to assist communities in gaining access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet, through collaboration to identify and eliminate regulatory barriers. By engaging with stakeholders across the country and hearing important local perspectives about how federal policy can better support communities in the quest for fast, affordable, and reliable broadband Internet, the Broadband Opportunity Council can play an important role in facilitating community projects to ensure high-quality Internet for all.

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  • Creating a Vibrant Community – Ammon’s Story

    Friday, March 20, 2015

    This post by Bruce Patterson, Technology Services Director for the City of Ammon, Idaho, is written as part of our “Spotlight City” feature. For more information on Ammon, check out this case study and this video.

    A Resolution recognizing broadband as a ‘basic and essential service’ which could be cared for by a municipal utility was unanimously adopted by the Ammon City Council in 2008.  Since that time the City has been developing a model that focuses on the installation and operation of next generation fiber optic infrastructure that is as ‘open to the public’ as our public road system.  Today, the City owns and operates a system which includes some 30 miles of fiber in support of its own operations and for the benefit of the local community.

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  • Introducing Ammon, ID – Spotlight City!

    Thursday, March 19, 2015

    Next Century Cities is committed to helping lift up the stories of its partner communities and sharing their successes. To do that, Next Century Cities is proud to feature regular Spotlight Cities, a feature in which cities can share their experiences in bringing fast, reliable, and affordable broadband Internet to their citizens. Our latest Spotlight City is Ammon, Idaho.

    We’re proud to feature Ammon, Idaho as March’s Next Century Cities Spotlight City! Ammon has been incredibly successful in helping its residents secure access to high-speed Internet. To find out more about Ammon’s innovative work, check out the case study at our Resources page and enjoy a video from Ammon Mayor Dana Kirkham below!

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  • Why The Internet Matters: A Citizen’s Testimonial

    Monday, March 16, 2015

    This post was written by Susanna T. of Leverett, MA.

    While my neighbors in central Massachusetts were sitting on the edge of their seats during the Super Bowl last month, I was sitting on the edge of my seat…waiting for my email to download. In our small town of Leverett, these sorts of frustrations have become the norm for my husband and I, as our current satellite Internet service makes it all too difficult to balance work and family.

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