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Robert Bell

Robert Bell

Robert Bell is co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum, where he heads its research and content development activities.

Robert Bell is co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum, where he heads its research and content development activities. He is the author of ICF's pioneering study, Benchmarking the Intelligent Community, the annual Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year white papers and other research reports issued by the Forum, and of Broadband Economies: Creating the Community of the 21st Century. Mr. Bell has also authored articles in The Municipal Journal of Telecommunications Policy, IEDC Journal, Telecommunications, Asia-Pacific Satellite and Asian Communications; and has appeared in segments of ABC World News and The Discovery Channel. A frequent keynote speaker and moderator at municipal and telecom industry events, he has also led economic development missions and study tours to cities in Asia and the US.

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Recent Articles

What You Can Learn from the Intelligent Communities of Taiwan
April 11, 2014 - How did a small island -- a third-world country in 1950 -- create an advanced economy that today produces most of the world's silicon chips, motherboards, laptops and tablets?

Small Towns Face a New Digital Challenge – at the Movie Theater
March 04, 2014 - Small theaters across the country must convert to digital format -- at $60-$70 thousand dollars per projector, or go out of business.

How Did 17 Million Kenyans Exchange $20 Billion Last Year?
February 05, 2014 - In 2007, a mobile carrier called Safaricom introduced a new money transfer service called M-Pesa.

You Will Never Stop Building Towers
January 13, 2014 - Stockholm has done it. So has Dublin, Ohio and the entire nation of Australia. Next on the list: Lac Ste. Ann County?

Are Smart Cities Empty Hype?
December 17, 2013 - Municipal leaders need to respect the limits of the present. But those limits should never be permitted to define the future.

What Kind of Future Do You Believe In?
November 26, 2013 - What do all of these different activities have in common? They are what people do when they believe in a better future.

The Time for a Revolution is When Things Are Going Great
November 04, 2013 - How do you get a community to change its ways when those ways are working so well?

How Committed Citizens Change the World
October 15, 2013 - More properly termed the Cartel Protection Act, the law blocks every other Louisiana municipality from owning and operating a network offering service to the public - which effectively frees the incumbents not to compete where they don't want to.

Wanted: Champions of Change
October 07, 2013 - There is innovation rising in rural places as people choose not to let global economics overwhelm cherished ways of life.

Nurturing Innovators, a Teacher Transforms New York City
September 09, 2013 - Beginning in the early 1970s, she worked with a fellow professor at New York University to create a program called the Alternate Media Center.

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