Broadband Communities

MAR-APR 2015

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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MARCH/APRIL 2015 | | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | 31 On an expert panel, organizations such as Tech Goes Home, Connecting for Good and the Kansas City Public Library shared best practices for digital inclusion programs, highlighting the importance of forming strategic partnerships to get to the people in need. Faith-based organizations are often underleveraged, according to Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, deputy director of the Kansas City Library. "Te digital divide is a long-term problem that needs a long-term solution and money," said Deb Socia, executive director of Next Century Cities, who previously served as executive director of Tech Goes Home. "It's worthy of a civil rights focus." 2 Speed is not a silver bullet. It's what a community does with the speed that matters. Is a gigabit city simply a city with fast Internet speeds, or is it a city that knows how to use its faster speeds? Although more than 1,100 municipalities originally applied to be the frst Google Fiber gigabit city in 2010, the conversation about what a gigabit truly means hasn't had the same reach or attention. Te city delegations at the Summit were in agreement: Te speed is a catalyst for progress and innovation, not progress and innovation itself. A major component of the Summit was to help cities create "playbooks" – very similar to the playbook published by the Kansas City Mayors' Bistate Innovations Team. Te purpose of a gigabit playbook is to articulate a city- specifc vision for leveraging faster Internet speeds. In the case of Kansas City, the playbook prioritized goals in health care, digital inclusion, education, arts and culture, local government and neighborhoods. Te convening process, aside from the end product itself, is an added value of creating a playbook; it presents a chance to identify key regional stakeholders, create lasting networks Gigabit speed can catalyze progress and innovation, but cities need to leverage that speed in service to their specifc goals. Planning Your Gigabit Network? Prove your business case with real-time customer demand Take the guesswork out of your fber deployment Service Zones ™ Delivering successful network deployments Come visit us at booth 706 © 2015 COS Systems 617.274.8171 |

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