Earlier this week, Next Century Cities Executive Director Deb Socia and Policy Director Chris Mitchell participated in a roundtable discussion at the White House on broadband connectivity. The discussion was hosted by the White House National Economic Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy, in partnership with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utility Service. At the conversation, Next Century Cities was joined by representatives of six member communities: Ammon, Idaho, Jackson, Tennessee, Lexington, Kentucky, Sandy, Oregon, Westminster, Maryland, and Wilson, North Carolina.

The event joined together federal policymakers, local-level government leaders, and voices from nonprofits in a discussion regarding the findings from the Broadband Opportunity Council, and new potential collaborations between federal, local, state and tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, foundations and the private sector to further important gains in increasing broadband access for more Americans.

“Today’s conversation underscores an emerging national consensus that access to high-quality, reliable broadband Internet is critical for the success of communities across America,” said Executive Director Deb Socia. “We commend the Administration for demonstrating leadership and encouraging collaboration among communities and stakeholders to build out this crucial infrastructure for the 21st century.”