Broadband Communities

NOV-DEC 2017

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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18 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STEM education. Brooklyn, New York, needed affordable space to put equipment; the city acquired the Brooklyn Navy Yard for a dollar and used the space for companies that could offer advanced jobs. In an era of broadband and connectivity, social connectivity matters most. Kokomo, Indiana, was an auto innovation town, but a lot of that industry left. e community realized it wanted to preserve the downtown core, where manufacturing was concentrated. It wrote a 15-year plan and is fleshing that out. In Wenatchee, Washington, a high school student visited a Maker Faire in Seattle and then brought one to Wenatchee. e change makers in all these cities were individuals who saw something and catalyzed the rest of the city. ey made quite a transition from despair to turnaround. Matt Dunne, Center for Rural Innovation: In White River Junction, Vermont, the community came together and decided that being weird and decrepit could be cool. People created "flywheel synergy" around the creatives. ey transformed unused buildings into live/work artist spaces. eir big breakthrough was starting an MFA program in graphic novel writing. Now there's an Equity theater, software developers, a publishing house and a vibrant downtown. I wouldn't have thought enough people were there to do it, but they stayed focused on creative energy. ey brought in resources and exported value. Debra Lam, Georgia Tech: Smart cities lower the barriers for entrepreneurs. ey make possible coworking spaces, accelerators, and innovative landscapes. Archana Vemulapalli, District of Columbia: Implementing smart- city technology can enhance residents' access to earnings and education. One example is mobility applications. If I'm planning the right way, I'll provide options for residents to get from point A to point B in multiple ways at multiple price points. ey'll be able to get to their jobs – or job interviews. e same goes for public Wi-Fi. And smart-city applications attract businesses that care about these things. You can't be a smart city without being a connected city. v Matt Dunne, Center for Rural Innovation Debra Lam, Georgia Tech Archana Vemulapalli, District of Columbia

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