In Waltham, Massachusetts, the Struggle For High-Speed, Affordable, and Reliable Broadband Must Be One That Promotes Digital Equity, Social Justice, and Democracy

Jonathan Paz is a Ward 9 City Councilor in Waltham, Massachusetts. Boston born and Waltham raised, his engagement with and deep focus on Waltham’s working classes provides him with a critical understanding of the role that equitable broadband access and adoption can...

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...

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...