Government Technology

    Digital Communities
    Industry Members

  • Click sponsor logos for whitepapers, case studies, and best practices.
  • McAfee

Intelligent Communities Think Tank Releases White Paper on Top 7 Cities



May 6, 2009 By

Looking for ideas on how to make your municipality a more "intelligent" community? There's help available in a recently released white paper published online by the Intelligent Community Forum, an independent think tank that researches the relationship between broadband availability and economic development.

Written by the forum's executive director, Robert Bell, the paper, The Top Seven Intelligent Communities of 2009, identifies best practices for using IT to build a sustainable economy, and includes detailed case studies of the top seven communities: Bristol, Va.; Eindhoven, Netherlands; Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada; Issy-les-Moulineaux, France; Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada; Stockholm, Sweden; and Tallinn, Estonia.

The paper lauds the city of Bristol for recognizing that its expertise in e-government application development was a commodity. Bristol Virginia Utilities started a consulting service that markets to local governments.

In 2001, the municipal utility and City Council agreed to offer fiber-to-the-user service, called OptiNet, to all residents and businesses, according to the white paper. By August 2008, the service had captured more than 62 percent of market share, the paper said. The network offers cable TV, broadband Internet and phone at competitive rates, and free municipal Wi-Fi hotspots.

"Where the private sector has deployed affordable and high-quality services, broadband is not an issue. But in other communities, local and regional governments have found many ways to involve themselves in spurring access to broadband for their constituents," the white paper said. "The most successful have all begun with the same first step: establishing a clear vision and communicating why broadband access matters."

The Intelligent Community Forum began its awards process in 1999. A winner from this year's top-seven intelligent communities will be announced next week at the Building the Broadband Economy international summit in New York City.

 


| More

Comments

Add Your Comment

You are solely responsible for the content of your comments. We reserve the right to remove comments that are considered profane, vulgar, obscene, factually inaccurate, off-topic, or considered a personal attack.

In Our Library

White Papers | Exclusives Reports | Webinar Archives | Best Practices and Case Studies
Digital Cities & Counties Survey: Best Practices Quick Reference Guide
This Best Practices Quick Reference Guide is a compilation of examples from the 2013 Digital Cities and Counties Surveys showcasing the innovative ways local governments are using technological tools to respond to the needs of their communities. It is our hope that by calling attention to just a few examples from cities and counties of all sizes, we will encourage further collaboration and spark additional creativity in local government service delivery.
Wireless Reporting Takes Pain (& Wait) out of Voting
In Michigan and Minnesota counties, wireless voting via the AT&T network has brought speed, efficiency and accuracy to elections - another illustration of how mobility and machine-to-machine (M2M) technology help governments to bring superior services and communication to constituents.
Why Would a City Proclaim Their Data “Open by Default?”
The City of Palo Alto, California, a 2013 Center for Digital Government Digital City Survey winner, has officially proclaimed “open” to be the default setting for all city data. Are they courageous or crazy?
View All