Next Century Cities works alongside communities of all sizes and political stripes to maximize local leadership, foster strategic collaboration and provide policy counsel in the fight for fast, affordable and reliable broadband access for all. 

The Path to Recovery: COVID-19

Next Century Cities Explains Why Closing the Digital Divide Should Be a National Priority

The Hill invited lawmakers, policy practitioners, and tech stakeholders to participate in a discussion on closing the digital divide. Moderated by Steve Clemons, The Hill’s Editor-At-Large, the panel included:  US Rep. Suzan DelBene, Co-Chair, Women's High Tech Caucus...

NCC Joins Ask for Federal Support for Municipalities Working to Recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Next Century Cities joined the National League of Cities’ (NLC) call for federal aid and economic relief for municipalities grappling with coronavirus (COVID-19) response. Like Next Century Cities, NLC elevates the voices of local officials in cities, towns, and...

Senate Commerce Committee Discusses COVID-19 and America’s Broadband Networks Without Hearing from Local Officials, Critical Stakeholders in Connecting Communities

On May 13, 2020, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a virtual hearing to discuss the nation’s broadband infrastructure amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. The importance of broadband access was the topic du jour for the Senator’s and their...

Local Officials Share Insights on How Broadband Impacts Population Growth, Economic Development, and Education in Illinois

The University of Illinois Extension Local Government Education Program and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Illinois Office of Broadband partnered with the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society to implement the Developing Broadband...

Next Century Cities Weighs-In on the State of Connectivity in the US

Out of concern about the impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had on technology and society, Media Democracy Fund and The NetGain Partnership hosted a webinar on the State of Connectivity in the US. The webinar on May 6, 2020, was the first installment...

In the time of COVID-19, the need for universal connectivity is stronger than ever as businesses shutter, unemployment rates rise, schools convert to online learning and doctors turn to telehealth services. No one can afford to be disconnected as we shelter-in-place. 

Get Counted: Census 2020

Is your community innovating to #GetCounted? We want to hear your story.

Miami-Dade, Florida Provides Community Grants to Promote Census

Miami-Dade County is providing grants to local census partners. These grants were developed by the county to promote accurate counts in all of their communities. The program is especially focused on supporting historically undercounted communities. 

Kansas City Region Works Together to Encourage Census Involvement

The greater Kansas City metropolitan region is coming together to support complete count efforts across both Kansas and Missouri. While the municipal governments are undertaking major efforts to promote an accurate count, they are also bringing together non-profits, community organizations, and individuals to join the region-wide effort.

Lexington, KY Supports Citizens On WeCountLex.Org

Lexington, KY is hosting an interactive and resourceful website for its residents to support an accurate and full count of the Lexington-Fayette region. The website provides resources for individuals and community organizations and builds upon their relationship with the University of Kentucky.

City to City Membership Organization

Supporting Cities

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.

Elevating the Conversation

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.

Tools for Success

Developing a next-generation network is a daunting task for any city. We are committed to developing and aggregating resources to guide new projects.