Connect

Giving your city or county the digital infrastructure it needs for growth

Digital connectivity and services are the new essential utility, as vital to community growth as good roads, clean water and reliable electric power.  Establishing this digital foundation is the first step for every community. Through those connections come employment opportunity, education, commerce, information, entertainment and community participation. Businesses depend on them to manage their operations, reach customers and attract employees. Governments and nonprofits use them to deliver better services for less money to more people. Citizens use them to organize and coordi­nate, share ideas and build community spirit.  Connected digital infrastructure including sen­sors and cameras make possible machine learn­ing and Internet of Things (IoT) appli­cations that deliver better services for less money to more people and organizations.

It should be up to the private sector to provide affordable, high-quality service everywhere, but the economics of business can stand in the way. Where private investment fails, Intelligent Communities take action to meet their needs.

Broadband “haves” and “have nots”

Many places – the majority in some countries – are well served by private communications companies or a local cooperative that has chosen to invest in its customers’ quality of life. If your city or county is not among them – or if the private-sector networks fail to reach residents and businesses in certain areas – what can you do?

What does it cost your community to go without robust, reliable, affordable broadband?  We identify seven hidden costs to economic growth, employer retention, healthcare, education and resilience.  Open the PDF document →

Broadband development strategies. Community leaders often think there is only one way to fill their broadband gap – but there are multiple strategies suited to every community’s appetite for risk. Learn more →

Funding models. If your community decides that it must proceed with building a network, there are many different ways to fund it so as to protect municipal finances and reduce the risk of failure. Learn more →