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Archive for May, 2015

  • New Request from Shaker Heights, Now on the Member Requests Page

    Thursday, May 28, 2015

    Yesterday, the City of Shaker Heights, Ohio released a request for proposals (RFP) to assist in the assessment and planning of its broadband network! Proposals from vendors are due by noon on June 30, 2015.

    For more information on this exciting announcement, you can check out our newly-launched Member Requests page – we encourage all our members to share requests with us as they are released.

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  • Google Announces Digital Inclusion Fellowship

    Thursday, May 21, 2015

    This morning, Google announced the creation of a brand-new Digital Inclusion Fellowship. Launched in conjunction with the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), the fellowship will pair 16 individuals with organizations in each of the eight current Google Fiber communities – including Next Century Cities members Austin, TX, Kansas City, KS, Kansas City, MO, Provo, UT, and Raleigh, NC. Fellows will work over the course of a year to building a digital inclusion effort to help connect underserved areas of their communities. To support the effort, Google will make approximately $1 million available to participants and their organizations.

    This announcement comes at a time when 60 million Americans still do not have Internet access at home, making it difficult for many families to access important opportunities. Digital Inclusion Fellows will help parents to communicate with teachers online, and provide digital training at community centers. Only residents of Google communities are eligible for the positions. Applications are due by June 10, 2015 – for more information on the program, visit here.

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  • Next Century Cities Members to Discuss Public Wireless Networks in Atlanta, GA

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015

    In today’s world of online textbooks, digital newspapers, electronic job applications, and email, access to affordable and reliable Internet service is vital to supporting community engagement and economic well-being. While attention recently has focused on increasing broadband Internet and fiber-to-the-home projects, community wireless networks can also play a crucial role in helping cities deploy high-quality Internet for all of their citizens.

    At the Gigabit Cities Live conference on May 14th in Atlanta, Georgia, Next Century Cities Executive Director Deb Socia will moderate a panel featuring leaders from three member cities – Craige Baird, Technology Services Director of Ponca City, Oklahoma, Dan Rothman, Chief Technology Officer of Boston, Massachusetts, and Jory Wolf, Chief Information Officer of Santa Monica, California – that will explore how community wireless can fit into a smart city initiative.

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