Across the country, innovative municipalities are recognizing the importance of leveraging gigabit level internet to attract new business and create jobs, improve health care and education, ensure civic participation, and connect residents to new opportunities. Next Century Cities is committed to celebrating these successes, demonstrating their value, and helping other cities to realize the full power of truly high-speed, affordable, and accessible broadband.

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Next Century Cities supports mayors and community leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that everyone has fast, affordable and reliable internet access. While there is no single pathway to achieving universal next-generation connectivity, we believe meaningful choice, dedicated leadership, and smart collaboration are vital to success. Our members are committed to the following principles:

High-Speed Internet Access Is Necessary Infrastructure

Fast, reliable, and affordable internet access is no longer optional. Residents, schools, libraries, and businesses require next-generation connectivity to succeed.

Communities Must Enjoy Self-Determination

Cities, towns, and counties should have the right to consider all potential broadband solutions – whether public, nonprofit, corporate, or some other hybrid – free from interference.

Meaningful Competition Drives Progress

A vibrant, diverse marketplace, with transparency in offerings, pricings, and policies will spur innovation, increase investment, and lower prices. Communities, residents, and businesses should have a meaningful choice in providers.

The Internet Is Nonpartisan

Because broadband is an essential resource for residents and businesses in all communities, the provision of fast, reliable, and affordable internet access transcends partisanship.

High-Speed Internet Access Is a Community-Wide Endeavor

It is critical to involve multiple stakeholders and perspectives when building effective next-generation networks, including businesses, community organizations, residents, anchor institutions, and others. Everyone in a community should be able to access the internet on reasonable terms.

Collaboration Benefits All

Innovative approaches to broadband deployment present diverse challenges and opportunities to communities and regions. Working together, cities, towns, and counties can learn from the experiences of others, lower costs, and make the best use of next-generation networks.

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