CITIES BAND TOGETHER IN PUSH
TO INCREASE BROADBAND SPEEDS
A coalition of mayors and other officials from 32 cities today announced a bipartisan initiative to increase the availability of gigabit-level Internet service in their communities. The officials said they will share their experiences and work together in order to expand reliable, affordable, and fast Internet.
The "city-to-city collaboration," which is called "Next Century Cities," joined together to "recognize the importance of leveraging gigabit-level Internet to attract new businesses and create jobs, improve health care and education, and connect residents to new opportunities," the group's members said today.
"Across the country, city leaders are hungry to deploy high-speed Internet to transform their communities and connect residents to better jobs, better health care, and better education for their children," said Deb Socia, executive director of Next Century Cities, in a statement. "These mayors are rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done. Next Century Cities will be right alongside them to help make their goal of communities across the country having access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet a reality."
The initiative includes officials from Chattanooga, Tenn., and Wilson, N.C., with both recently petitioned the FCC to lift restrictive laws in their states that seek to limit community broadband networks. Lafayette, La., - a city that has battled for several years with incumbent carriers that challenged its community broadband network - is also a member of the coalition.
The initiative also includes officials from Ammon, Idaho; Auburn, Ind.; Austin, Texas; Boston; Centennial, Colo.; Champaign, Ill.; Clarksville, Tenn.; Jackson, Tenn.; Kansas City, Kan.; Kansas City Mo.; Lexington, Ky.; Leverett, Mass.; Montrose, Colo.; Morristown, Tenn.; Mount Vernon, Wash.; Palo Alto, Calif.; Ponca City, Okla.; Portland, Ore.; Raleigh, N.C.; Rockport, Maine; San Antonio, Texas; Sandy, Ore.; Santa Monica, Calif.; Santa Cruz County, Calif.; South Portland, Maine; Urbana, Ill.; Westminster, Md.; and Winthrop, Minn. - written by Carrie DeLeon, email@example.com
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Louisiana Telecommunications Association, established 65 years ago, is the premier association representing the nineteen independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural Louisiana cities and areas. LTA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas; and it provides training and development, publications and industry events, and an array of employee benefit programs. In an era of exploding technology, deregulation and marketplace competition, LTA's members have formed an Alliance leading the IP evolution for rural consumers, delivering technologies that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. Because of their efforts, rural Louisiana is fertile ground for innovation in economic development and commerce, education, health care, government services, security and smart energy use.