Next Century Cities works alongside communities of all sizes and political stripes to support local officials who are working to expand broadband access and increase adoption. All are committed to bringing fast, affordable, and reliable high-speed connectivity within reach for their residents.

REPORT: Broadband Mapping Across the US: Local, State, and Federal Methods and Contradictions

In May of 2021, Next Century Cities released a new report on broadband data mapping efforts across the United States. Explore our newly updated mapping page and see strategies in your state and across the country.

 

Emergency Broadband Benefit Resources for Members

Next Century Cities has created a resource page for members to learn more about the Emergency Broadband Benefit. The benefit is the FCC’s newest broadband assistance program aimed at connecting low-income households.

Visit this page to explore resources, Frequently Asked Questions, and receive the most up-to-date information on the program.

 

The Digital Divide in Our Backyard

Next Century Cities is proud to release case studies on the state of broadband access and adoption in cities across the country. Interviews and research were conducted with cooperation from local officials and community leaders. Local governments in each municipality have partnered with philanthropic entities and private sector allies to address persistent connectivity gaps which were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The Path to Recovery: COVID-19

Learning About Broadband Challenges and Opportunities from Chula Vista, California, and Botetourt County, Virginia

In March of 2020, local officials from California to Virginia led an unexpected and unprecedented switch to life-from-home as the COVID-19 pandemic raged across the United States. Overnight, schools, public meetings, and city services switched to remote capabilities. ...

Relationships are Central to Bridging the Digital Divide: A Candid Conversation with City of Detroit’s Digital Inclusion Director

Detroit, Michigan, the largest city in the state of Michigan, is well-known for being home to Motown Music as well as the hub for American automobile production. However, as the world has been forced to go online, Detroit has gained notoriety for its vast digital...

Broadband Scholars Gather for Next Century Cities’ First Academic Convening

Academic Pre-Conference Presenters and Moderator On July 20th and 21st, 2021, Next Century Cities held its first-ever virtual conference. The two-day event kicked off with an academic pre-conference in which presenters shared current research, covering a wide range of...

Treasury Department Releases Rules That May Lead to More Confusion Than Connectivity

The State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (“SLFRF”) is a $350 billion emergency fund to be used by eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to support the populations hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.  On May 10, 2021, the U.S. Department of the...

Next Century Cities Led a May 14th Emergency Broadband Benefit Day of Action

Last week marked the beginning of enrollment for the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) Emergency Broadband Benefit. The program offers a monthly discount to offset the cost of broadband Internet subscriptions, helping those who are struggling with...

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. 

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.