The NCC Team Visits Connect(X) to Underscore the Importance of Wireless Connectivity

On Tuesday, October 5th, the Next Century Cities team joined the Wireless Infrastructure Association’s 2021 Connect(X) Conference in Orlando, Florida. The gathering featured stories and insights from industry experts, government officials, advocates, and local leaders...

Empowering People With Disabilities Through Digital Inclusion

An increasing number of jobs, schoolwork, information, and government services have permanently migrated online as a result of the pandemic. While technological advancement makes a wealth of tools available that improve quality of life and enable aging in place, too...

“It is Time for the Heavy Lifting to Begin.” SA Digital Connects Hosts Community Presentation Unveiling Digital Equity Plan and Roadmap

Local officials, community leaders, and businesses in San Antonio are partnering on a groundbreaking community investment in digital equity. An initial step included developing a Digital Equity Plan and Roadmap to help guide decision-making and take advantage of the...

Planning for California’s $6 Billion Broadband Investment is Underway. What Does Your Community Need?

On July 20, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 156 into law, setting the stage for a $6 billion investment in California’s broadband infrastructure. The legislation includes $3.25 billion for a statewide open-access middle-mile network and $2 billion for...

The Link Between Labor and Broadband

Many states and local governments view digital connectivity as a necessary prerequisite for economic development. Small businesses, agricultural production, and manufacturing all require broadband to conduct daily activities. The pandemic shed light on the many ways...

Next Century Cities Files Letter Supporting Proposal to Improve Broadband for Residents and Businesses on Beaver Island, Michigan

On July 29, 2021, Next Century Cities submitted a letter supporting a proposal from St. James Township and Peaine Township to bring fiber-to-the-home service to residents of Beaver Island, Michigan.  The National Telecommunications and Information Administration...

Colorado Cities and Counties Join NCC in Presentations Before the Colorado Broadband Advisory Board

On July 20, 2021, Mark Pfaffinger, Chief Information Officer for Larimer County; Richard Holt, City Councilor and Fiber Commission Chair for the City of Centennial; Shannon Haynes, Assistant Town Manager for the Town of Breckenridge; and Chad Crager, Director of...

Next Century Cities Stresses the Significance of Local Digital Equity Efforts Before the California Public Utilities Commission

  On Friday, July 2, 2021, Next Century Cities submitted comments with the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) elevating the importance of using local digital equity strategies to address historic and ongoing discriminatory practices. The CPUC sought...