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.
NEW: 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.
Mapping Across America
Next Century Cities is highlighting local and state mapping initiatives across the United States.
Click below to visit our mapping page and learn about innovative programs being used to identify
communities that still do not have access to high-speed connectivity.
The Path to Recovery: COVID-19
Next Century Cities Joins the City of Detroit & Connect 313 Advocates For A Community Update on the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
Next Century Cities Encourages FCC to Dream Big, Use American Rescue Plan Funding to Address the Digital Divide
Next Century Cities Submits Comments on the FCC’s Request for Response to the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
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
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.
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.