Month: November 2021

There Are Various Ways for Local Leaders to Get Involved in Federal Broadband Policy Making

In light of the billions of dollars that are being invested into digital infrastructure programs, it is critical for federal officials to conduct outreach to and solicit input from potentially …

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Engaging with Local, State, and Federal Officials Through Broadband Surveys and Speed Tests

Surveys are not a novel tool for facilitating communication between residents and local officials, but broadband studies have increasingly become a forum of public opinion for residents and their local …

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Next Century Cities Joins the Marconi Society for a Panel Discussion on the Future of Crowdsourced Broadband Data Mapping

In order to promote meaningful broadband deployment and adoption programs, policymakers and experts must first know where service is strong, weak, or nonexistent. Currently broadband maps are created using provider …

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What Could the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Mean for NCC Members?

On November 15th, 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (“Infrastructure Bill”), a historic $65 billion investment in broadband programs. At a time when a home broadband …

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Next Century Cities Urges Local Officials and Community Leaders to Identify Broadband Ambitions and Obstacles

In June 2021, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Directive 2021-2, which established the Michigan High-Speed Internet Office (“MIHI”). The office is responsible for coordinating all state, federal, philanthropic, and private …

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NCC Joins NDIA and Allies: Loans, Investments, Or Services That Support Digital Access For Low- And Moderate-Income Households Are Necessary Community Investments

On October 29, 2021, Next Century Cities joined comments led by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) regarding the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) proposal to rescind …

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Next Century Cities Emphasizes the Value of Partnering with Local Governments in Designing California’s Broadband Grant Program

The California State Capitol As states nationwide are determining whether to allocate American Rescue Plan State and Local Fiscal Recovery funds for broadband, California is in the process of designing …

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