Next Century Cities joined the National League of Cities’ (NLC) call for federal aid and economic relief for municipalities grappling with coronavirus (COVID-19) response. Like Next Century Cities, NLC elevates the voices of local officials in cities, towns, and villages across the US. On May 20, 2020, NLC led this letter to Congress on behalf of municipalities tasked with an enormous rebuilding effort. 

“Businesses and community organizations across our country depend on the economic strength and vitality of municipalities. Not only do our nation’s cities provide an anchor for local economic development, they also provide the essential services that our businesses depend on to ensure that we remain competitive, including access to clean water, public safety, reliable infrastructure and a strong workforce base.” 

Municipalities in every pocket of the US have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many residents do not have the high-speed connectivity required to adapt. Next Century Cities continues to document why broadband is essential infrastructure and its an integral role in local recovery efforts. Federal resources can help bring digital infrastructure to unserved and underserved areas.