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  • In Editorial, The New York Times Endorses Broadband Choice

    Friday, August 21, 2015

    This morning, The New York Times ran an editorial on the importance of consumer choice to telecommunications services, including broadband Internet. In the piece, the Times editorial board shared that “Although Americans now have more choices than ever for how they watch TV, about seven in 10 American households can only get broadband Internet service from one or two providers, usually cable and phone companies.” The editorial continued by suggesting policy changes at the federal, state, and local levels, including federal preemption of state laws inhibiting local choice, and reforms to state and local policies to encourage the deployment of fiber-optic cable.

    Next Century Cities applauds the Times for its support of the principle of local choice. We know that local choice empowers consumers and strengthens communities by ensuring access to the benefits of high-quality broadband Internet, and we are proud to support communities in their quest to improve broadband access through competition and choice. For more information about how communities can encourage local choice to improve broadband services, check out our recent report “Connecting 21st Century Communities: A Policy Agenda for Broadband Stakeholders.”

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  • Forward to the Future Event in Kansas City Celebrates Broadband’s Potential for Community

    Thursday, August 20, 2015

    This week, Kansas City hosted the Forward to the Future event, celebrating the third year of Google Fiber service in the Kansas City area, and supporting KC Digital Drive, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that the community benefits from high-quality gigabit Internet. Through its programming, KC Digital Drive develops and supports projects in areas such as digital inclusion, healthcare, education, and civic tech. The event offered community members an opportunity to reflect upon three years of gigabit Internet access, and how high-quality broadband can continue to serve the community. Participating in a panel was Next Century Cities Executive Director Deb Socia. On her panel, Deb talked about how efforts like KC Digital Drive can elevate and sustain the energy that is ignited when a city develops gigabit Internet.

    You can learn more about KC Digital Drive here and read about the Forward to the Future event in the Kansas City Business Journal.

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  • Announcing the Digital Inclusion Leadership Awards!

    Friday, August 7, 2015

    Next Century Cities and the National League of Cities, in partnership with Google Fiber, are proud to announce the Digital Inclusion Leadership Awards, which recognize and celebrate outstanding leadership and  innovative approaches to bridging the digital divide. The awards program will include:

    • Leader in Digital Inclusion Best Practices: this award will recognize existing programs with over a year of work in addressing the digital divide
    • Most Promising New Plan: this award will recognize particularly promising new programs for ensuring digital inclusion in a community

    Two winners in each category will be chosen on the basis of a program’s ability to provide training, access, and hardware to a diverse range of participants, at low cost, with proven results and community engagement. In addition, one program in each category will receive recognition for a particularly innovative approach. This is a non-monetary award to celebrate leadership and innovative thinking addressing the digital divide. Each award-winning city will receive two paid flights and hotel rooms for the National League of Cities Congress of Cities in Nashville, TN from November 4-7.

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