Next Century Cities Is Now 50 Members Strong!
With the addition of Medina County, OH this week, Next Century Cities proudly shares that our membership has risen to 50 communities, representing 25 states from across the country. Each of our cities joins us in our mission to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable broadband Internet. These communities represent large cities, counties, and rural towns alike, each undertaking a unique approach to reach its broadband goals.
While our members represent a diverse range of approaches and circumstances, all share a commitment to Next Century Cities’ Founding Principles.
- High-Speed Internet Is Necessary Infrastructure: fast, reliable, and affordable Internet – at globally competitive speeds – is no longer optional. Residents, schools, libraries, and businesses require next-generation connectivity to succeed.
- The Internet Is Nonpartisan: because the Internet is an essential resource for residents and businesses in all communities, the provision of fast, reliable, and affordable Internet transcends partisanship. This collaboration welcomes leaders of all affiliations and beliefs who believe fast, reliable, and affordable high-speed Internet access is essential to secure America’s Internet future.
- Communities Must Enjoy Self-Determination: broadband solutions must align with community needs—there is no perfect model that is universally appropriate. Towns and cities should have the right to consider all options – whether public, nonprofit, corporate, or some other hybrid – free from interference.
- High-Speed Internet Is a Community-Wide Endeavor: building effective next-generation networks requires cooperation across communities. It is critical to involve and include multiple stakeholders and perspectives to succeed, including businesses, community organizations, residents, anchor institutions, and others. Everyone in a community should be able to access the Internet on reasonable terms.
- Meaningful Competition Drives Progress: a vibrant, diverse marketplace, with transparency in offerings, pricings, and policies will spur innovation, increase investment, and lower prices. Communities, residents, and businesses should have a meaningful choice in providers.
- Collaboration Benefits All: innovative approaches to broadband deployment present diverse challenges and opportunities to communities and regions. Working together, cities can learn from the experiences of others, lower costs, and make the best use of next-generation networks.
Thank you to each and every one of our members. We’re excited to partner with you to drive the future of Next Century Cities!
Our members are (* indicates inaugural partner city):
Beverly Hills, CA
Culver City, CA
Kansas City, KS*
Kansas City, MO*
Los Angeles, CA
Medina County, OH
Mount Vernon, WA*
Palo Alto, CA*
Ponca City, OK*
San Antonio, TX*
Santa Cruz County, CA*
Santa Monica, CA*
South Portland, ME*
South San Francisco, CA
Yellow Springs, OH
Next Century Cities demonstrates amazing momentum after less than two months in action. From its launch on October 20 – http://broadbandbreakfast.com/2014/10/drew-clark-cities-crave-gigabit-networks-and-meet-on-monday-in-california-to-launch-next-century-cities/ – it has nearly doubled its list of cities engaged in ensuring better broadband for our nation’s cities.