Next Century Cities is constantly working to put a spotlight on local broadband connectivity efforts. One of the most important components of our advocacy strategy is to create opportunities for local leaders to communicate directly with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”).  

On November 25, 2019, members had an opportunity to share success stories and elevate policy concerns with FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks. Members raised several issues including the need to update speed testing protocols for open access networks, the importance of collecting pricing data as part of its broadband deployment assessment, and the impact that the small cell deployment order continues to have on local authority.   

Nine Next Century Cities’ member municipalities joined the call. Many thanks to Brandon Adams, Jacksonville, Illinois; Rondella Hawkins, Austin, Texas; Howell Herring, Tucson, Arizona; Jeanne Holm, Los Angeles, California; Rebecca Landry, Keene, New Hampshire; Pamela Marcus-Bause, Larimer County, Colorado; Bruce Patterson, Ammon, Idaho; Aldona Valicenti, Lexington, Kentucky; and David Young, Lincoln, Nebraska, for your contributions. 

Click here to review the ex parte filed on ECFS, the central repository for documents submitted to the FCC.