Government Technology

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
Maintain Your IT Budget with Consistent Compliance Practices
Between the demands of meeting federal IT compliance mandates, increasing cybersecurity threats, and ever-shrinking budgets, it’s not uncommon for routine maintenance tasks to slip among state and local government IT departments. If it’s been months, or even only days, since you have maintained your systems, your agency may not be prepared for a compliance audit—and that could have severe financial consequences. Regardless of your mission, consistent systems keep your data secure, your age
Best Practice Guide for Cloud and As-A-Service Procurements
While technology service options for government continue to evolve, procurement processes and policies have remained firmly rooted in practices that are no longer effective. This guide, built upon the collaborative work of state and local government and industry executives, outlines and explains the changes needed for more flexible and agile procurement processes.
Fresh Ideas In Online Security for Public Safety Organizations
Lesley Carhart, Senior Information Security Specialist at Motorola Solutions, knows that online and computer security are more challenging than ever. Personal smartphones, removable devices like USB storage drives, and social media have a significant impact on security. In “Fresh Ideas in Online Security for Public Safely Organizations,” Lesley provides recommendations to improve your online security against threats from social networks, removable devices, weak passwords and digital photos.
View All

Featured Papers