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This morning we distributed our first #NCCBulletin of 2022, announcing the return of Bipartisan Tech and relevant broadb...
01/11/2022

This morning we distributed our first #NCCBulletin of 2022, announcing the return of Bipartisan Tech and relevant broadband news and opportunities. Read all about it here: https://conta.cc/3tdFVvq

This morning we distributed our first #NCCBulletin of 2022, announcing the return of Bipartisan Tech and relevant broadband news and opportunities. Read all about it here: https://conta.cc/3tdFVvq

After a successful year of more than 8.5 million enrollments, Congress recognized the need to codify a permanent afforda...
01/10/2022

After a successful year of more than 8.5 million enrollments, Congress recognized the need to codify a permanent affordability program and created the Affordable Connectivity Program (“ACP”). Learn more about the program and the application process at https://nextcenturycities.org/acp/.

After a successful year of more than 8.5 million enrollments, Congress recognized the need to codify a permanent affordability program and created the Affordable Connectivity Program (“ACP”). Learn more about the program and the application process at https://nextcenturycities.org/acp/.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration recently released the “Access Broadband Report,” summariz...
01/07/2022

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration recently released the “Access Broadband Report,” summarizing the federal broadband investment landscape. Read the report in full here: https://bit.ly/3F6Moup

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration recently released the “Access Broadband Report,” summarizing the federal broadband investment landscape. Read the report in full here: https://bit.ly/3F6Moup

01/06/2022
Application Information - Build Better Broadband

Communities are encouraged to apply for the ‘Build Better Broadband’ grant, which will provide up to five communities with fully-funded broadband masterplans. Applications are due 1/14. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/32Mq5gB

Connect Humanity is a fund advancing digital equity. We support, catalyze, and scale holistic solutions providing people with the internet access and means needed to participate fully in a digital society. We believe that one of the best ways to support communities to achieve digital equity is throu...

It’s the first Monday of the new year, and we are taking time to set intentions about 2022.  What are some of your #Broa...
01/03/2022

It’s the first Monday of the new year, and we are taking time to set intentions about 2022. What are some of your #BroadbandResolutions for the year ahead?

It’s the first Monday of the new year, and we are taking time to set intentions about 2022. What are some of your #BroadbandResolutions for the year ahead?

We believe that #BroadbandIsForEveryone. In this season of gratitude, consider contributing to elevate community-based p...
12/29/2021
Next Century Cities | Season of Gratitude

We believe that #BroadbandIsForEveryone. In this season of gratitude, consider contributing to elevate community-based perspectives, so that broadband policies are created with the needs of residents in mind. https://bit.ly/3mATKQk

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In the 2021 #NCCYearbook (https://bit.ly/3ySxzdx) we sat down with Kimball Sekaqueptawa of the Santa Fe Indian School, a...
12/23/2021
Local Leaders Making a Difference | Featuring Kimball Sekaquaptewa – Next Century Cities

In the 2021 #NCCYearbook (https://bit.ly/3ySxzdx) we sat down with Kimball Sekaqueptawa of the Santa Fe Indian School, an off-reservation boarding school that serves 700 students from the 19 Pueblos, the Apache, and Navajo tribes of New Mexico. Read Kimball’s story here: https://bit.ly/3yXt1T1

The belief that broadband is for everyone is one of the core tenets that fuels Next Century Cities’ work. It became widely apparent as communities were forced to move online. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have highlighted local leaders that are stepping up to the challenges of getting resid...

“We like to stand there and listen and interview and talk and get feedback from people.” Initial research indicates that...
12/13/2021
Arkansas consultant says quantitative and qualitative data important to broadband expansion - Talk Business & Politics

“We like to stand there and listen and interview and talk and get feedback from people.” Initial research indicates that qualitative and quantitative data are critical for developing a comprehensive broadband expansion plan for Arkansas. https://bit.ly/3DLoVy5 #NCCMemberNews

Lou McAlister, CEO of Little Rock-based Broadband Development Group, has been tasked by the Arkansas Legislature to help create a master plan for expanding broadband Internet across the state. Already,...

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology released a report about the first year of Philadelphia's ...
12/09/2021

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology released a report about the first year of Philadelphia's Digital Navigator program and similar programs across the country. Dive into the findings here: https://bit.ly/3Iz5TP4

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology released a report about the first year of Philadelphia's Digital Navigator program and similar programs across the country. Dive into the findings here: https://bit.ly/3Iz5TP4

Local and state officials, have you registered for a Public Virtual Listening Session? The National Telecommunications a...
12/07/2021

Local and state officials, have you registered for a Public Virtual Listening Session? The National Telecommunications and Information Administration needs community-level insights for its broadband grant program development and implementation. #DigitalEquity #Access #Deployment #MiddleMile #StatePrograms bit.ly/3lEzNHU

Local and state officials, have you registered for a Public Virtual Listening Session? The National Telecommunications and Information Administration needs community-level insights for its broadband grant program development and implementation. #DigitalEquity #Access #Deployment #MiddleMile #StatePrograms bit.ly/3lEzNHU

Community insights are critical for developing connectivity solutions that meet the needs of residents. Check out Lukas ...
12/02/2021

Community insights are critical for developing connectivity solutions that meet the needs of residents. Check out Lukas Pietrzak's handy infographic on strategic ways that local leaders can engage residents: https://bit.ly/31mSfOb

Community insights are critical for developing connectivity solutions that meet the needs of residents. Check out Lukas Pietrzak's handy infographic on strategic ways that local leaders can engage residents: https://bit.ly/31mSfOb

At Next Century Cities, we are committed to elevating community-based stories and expertise so that broadband policies a...
11/30/2021
Next Century Cities | Season of Gratitude

At Next Century Cities, we are committed to elevating community-based stories and expertise so that broadband policies are created with the needs of residents in mind.

Gifts from supporters like you enable us to provide resources for local officials who are working to make the dream of affordable, reliable broadband for all a reality.

Uplift a Community Today. #GivingTuesday #NCCGratitude

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With the passing of the Infrastructure Bill, there are many new funding opportunities making themselves available to com...
11/29/2021

With the passing of the Infrastructure Bill, there are many new funding opportunities making themselves available to communities nationwide. However, many of these localities may have questions about how to apply, eligibility, or the nuances of putting the funding to work. NCC’s Ryan Johnston provides recommendations on where local officials should look for contact information and opportunities to build relationships with federal policymakers. https://bit.ly/3licp2Z

With the passing of the Infrastructure Bill, there are many new funding opportunities making themselves available to communities nationwide. However, many of these localities may have questions about how to apply, eligibility, or the nuances of putting the funding to work. NCC’s Ryan Johnston provides recommendations on where local officials should look for contact information and opportunities to build relationships with federal policymakers. https://bit.ly/3licp2Z

Working together moves us closer toward the ultimate goal of ubiquitous connectivity. #NCCGratitude
11/25/2021

Working together moves us closer toward the ultimate goal of ubiquitous connectivity. #NCCGratitude

Working together moves us closer toward the ultimate goal of ubiquitous connectivity. #NCCGratitude

We are grateful for the local leaders whose passion for connectivity informs our daily work. #NCCGratitude
11/25/2021

We are grateful for the local leaders whose passion for connectivity informs our daily work. #NCCGratitude

We are grateful for the local leaders whose passion for connectivity informs our daily work. #NCCGratitude

Happy Thanksgiving from the Next Century Cities team. #NCCGratitude
11/25/2021

Happy Thanksgiving from the Next Century Cities team. #NCCGratitude

Happy Thanksgiving from the Next Century Cities team. #NCCGratitude

Broadband surveys have increasingly become a channel of communication between residents and their local elected official...
11/23/2021

Broadband surveys have increasingly become a channel of communication between residents and their local elected officials. Surveys enable local government leaders to gauge residents’ interest in new broadband solutions and to counter federal data that overstate broadband availability. https://bit.ly/3HQpGcK

Broadband surveys have increasingly become a channel of communication between residents and their local elected officials. Surveys enable local government leaders to gauge residents’ interest in new broadband solutions and to counter federal data that overstate broadband availability. https://bit.ly/3HQpGcK

11/22/2021

Our November newsletter is live! In this issue we are focusing on engagement at the local and federal levels. https://bit.ly/30WmL1c #NCCNewsletter

As state and local governments nationwide embark on new broadband journeys and sustain existing initiatives, the Infrast...
11/18/2021
What Could the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Mean for NCC Members?

As state and local governments nationwide embark on new broadband journeys and sustain existing initiatives, the Infrastructure Bill could provide much needed financial and planning support. Establishing and maintaining local leadership is a pivotal first step toward preparing communities for the funding that flows from the Infrastructure Act. https://bit.ly/3cpAzUo

On November 15th, 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (“Infrastructure Bill”), a historic $65 billion investment in broadband programs. At a time when a home bro…

TODAY | NCC’s Ryan Johnston will participate in a dynamic panel discussion, “Crowdsourcing Network Data at Scale” as par...
11/18/2021

TODAY | NCC’s Ryan Johnston will participate in a dynamic panel discussion, “Crowdsourcing Network Data at Scale” as part of The Marconi Society's “The Decade of Digital Inclusion” event series. Learn more about the 2 p.m. ET session and register for the event here: https://bit.ly/3CqaSgN

TODAY | NCC’s Ryan Johnston will participate in a dynamic panel discussion, “Crowdsourcing Network Data at Scale” as part of The Marconi Society's “The Decade of Digital Inclusion” event series. Learn more about the 2 p.m. ET session and register for the event here: https://bit.ly/3CqaSgN

Last week, NCC joined local officials at the Moonshot Broadband Summit in Traverse City, Michigan, to discuss new fundin...
11/16/2021
Next Century Cities Urges Local Officials and Community Leaders to Identify Broadband Ambitions and Obstacles

Last week, NCC joined local officials at the Moonshot Broadband Summit in Traverse City, Michigan, to discuss new funding opportunities, broadband planning, and more. Check out what we learned about Michigan’s digital divide. https://bit.ly/3njsEhq

In June 2021, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Directive 2021-2, which established the Michigan High-Speed Internet Office (“MIHI”). The office is responsible for coordinating all state, fede…

Until 2020, OCC did not explicitly recognize digital inclusion projects and programs serving low- and moderate-income co...
11/11/2021
NCC Joins NDIA and Allies: Loans, Investments, Or Services That Support Digital Access For Low- And Moderate-Income Households Are Necessary Community Investments

Until 2020, OCC did not explicitly recognize digital inclusion projects and programs serving low- and moderate-income communities as eligible for Community Reinvestment Act funds. The COVID pandemic put broadband expansion and digital inclusion programs in a new light. On 10/29/21, NCC joined NDIA and allies in urging the OCC to recommit to its position that loans, investments, or services that support digital access for individuals or communities are essential community investments. https://bit.ly/3oCHShd

On October 29, 2021, Next Century Cities joined comments led by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) regarding the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) proposal to rescind it…

#Hawaii educator Brad Bennett founded Auamo Collaborative to map broadband connectivity and Internet quality in Hawaiʻi’...
11/11/2021
Internet access study to bring digital equity to Hawaiʻi's rural communities

#Hawaii educator Brad Bennett founded Auamo Collaborative to map broadband connectivity and Internet quality in Hawaiʻi’s rural communities. https://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/local-news/2021-11-10/internet-access-study-to-bring-digital-equity-to-hawaiis-rural-communities #NCCMemberNews

A statewide broadband mapping initiative is underway in rural communities, aiming to produce a snapshot of internet connectivity in the islands. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a new emphasis on the need for internet access for school, work, and health care. But there are still households across th...

NCC filed comments with the California Public Utilities Commission highlighting the importance of collaborating with loc...
11/05/2021
Next Century Cities Emphasizes the Value of Partnering with Local Governments in Designing California’s Broadband Grant Program

NCC filed comments with the California Public Utilities Commission highlighting the importance of collaborating with local leaders during the broadband grant program planning process, including digital equity and economic development in funding criteria, and adopting a robust definition of affordability. https://bit.ly/31zQywQ

The California State Capitol As states nationwide are determining whether to allocate American Rescue Plan State and Local Fiscal Recovery funds for broadband, California is in the process of desig…

Last week, NCC pressured the Federal Trade Commission in a new letter to mobilize on issues of consumer privacy and data...
11/04/2021
Next Century Cities Pressures the FTC to Prioritize Consumer Data Protection

Last week, NCC pressured the Federal Trade Commission in a new letter to mobilize on issues of consumer privacy and data collection. Highlighting previous efforts, the letter tasked the Commission to act swiftly to develop a framework for a variety of practices. https://bit.ly/3bGlb5G

On October 28, 2021, Next Century Cities submitted a letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging the agency to take action on protecting consumers’ privacy rights and providing more oversight rel…

NCC filed FCC comments highlighting how ISPs utilize agreements that hinder competition in multi-tenant environments. Al...
11/03/2021
Next Century Cities Submits FCC Comments Highlighting Anti-Competitive Nature of Exclusive Revenue Sharing and Wiring Agreements in MTEs

NCC filed FCC comments highlighting how ISPs utilize agreements that hinder competition in multi-tenant environments. Allowing these types of agreements to continue cuts directly against the Commission’s stated goals to bring connectivity to all Americans regardless of zip code. https://bit.ly/3mNrqel

Credit: Dojo Networks In September 2021, the Wireline Competition Bureau (“WCB”) of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released a Public Notice seeking to refresh the record on how exclu…

The COVID pandemic highlighted the need for the digital divide to be addressed by elected leaders. Municipalities across...
11/02/2021

The COVID pandemic highlighted the need for the digital divide to be addressed by elected leaders. Municipalities across the country are putting broadband on the ballot. This election day, several NCC members will vote on broadband issues. Head on over to our Twitter feed (www.twitter.com/NextCentCit) to learn more about municipalities voting on broadband, and to join in the conversation. #BroadbandOnTheBallot

The COVID pandemic highlighted the need for the digital divide to be addressed by elected leaders. Municipalities across the country are putting broadband on the ballot. This election day, several NCC members will vote on broadband issues. Head on over to our Twitter feed (www.twitter.com/NextCentCit) to learn more about municipalities voting on broadband, and to join in the conversation. #BroadbandOnTheBallot

TOMORROW | NCC’s Ryan Johnston will be participating in “Leveraging Underutilized 12GHz Airwaves for 5G Competition and ...
11/01/2021

TOMORROW | NCC’s Ryan Johnston will be participating in “Leveraging Underutilized 12GHz Airwaves for 5G Competition and Digital Equity,” a panel hosted by PublicKnowledge and New America. Register for the panel today! https://bit.ly/3Bi06IX

TOMORROW | NCC’s Ryan Johnston will be participating in “Leveraging Underutilized 12GHz Airwaves for 5G Competition and Digital Equity,” a panel hosted by PublicKnowledge and New America. Register for the panel today! https://bit.ly/3Bi06IX

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Special guests from Grants Office, LLC and Next Century Cities join us to discuss actionable next-steps after the Infrastructure Bill. Register and attend tomorrow at noon to ensure your organization is well positioned to capitalize on this unprecedented funding opportunity! https://www.merit.edu/event/explore-broadband-funding-in-the-infrasctructure-bill/
LATEST LISTEN: Jamal brings in Francella Ochillo (ED for Next Century Cities) to discuss the importance of our recent student activity monitoring reports + understanding the challenges education practitioners experience when working to address the #homeworkgap:
LATEST LISTEN: Jamal brings in Francella Ochillo (ED for Next Century Cities) to discuss the importance of our recent student activity monitoring reports + understanding the challenges education practitioners experience when working to address the #homeworkgap:
WEEKEND LISTENING: Jamal brings in Fran Ochillo, ED for Next Century Cities, to discuss the importance of our recent student activity monitoring reports + understanding the challenges education practitioners experience when working to address the #homeworkgap:
NEW PODCAST: Jamal brings in Francella Ochillo, ED for Next Century Cities, to discuss the importance of our recent student activity monitoring reports + understanding the challenges education practitioners experience when working to address the #homeworkgap:
CDT's Lydia X. Z. Brown + Next Century Cities: "Digital justice asks us to consider more broadly and more deeply what it means to address societal, cultural, and political inequities and injustices that are perpetuated and exacerbated by technology and digital spaces."
TODAY is the DAY! The Parker Lecture is today at noon eastern, 9 am pacific. JOIN US and get inspired. We're hearing from Eric K Ward of Western States Center, honoring Angela Siefer of National Digital Inclusion Alliance and Francella Ochillo of Next Century Cities. It's going to be on Airmeet, so you can mix and mingle, but you need a ticket! (Pay-what-you-can, so no worries on that score). Not too late to make plans to be here. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/39th-annual-parker-lecture-awards-ceremony-tickets-165822979997
Read all about it: Earlier this week, in partnership with RWD grantee Next Century Cities, we led a Baltimore EBB (Emergency Broadband Benefit) delegation to the Federal Communications Commission, primarily comprised of Black and Latinx advocates. These include: BUILD (Baltimoreans United In Leadership Development), CASA, the Mayor’s Office of Broadband and Digital Equity, and the MIMA - Baltimore City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs. (cc Mayor Brandon M. Scott) Only 40.7% of Baltimoreans have access to a broadband subscription. This means that almost 96,000 individuals citywide do not have access to a broadband subscription. However, according to the FCC’s zip3 data, only 34,734 households in the Baltimore area have registered for the federal EBB program (Emergency Broadband Benefit). Although the EBB was designed to address these very challenges, it's clear that program availability alone is insufficient to facilitate enrollment. Rather, as community advocates illustrated, it will take committed investment in trusted organizations and trusted messengers to ensure that EBB eligible families are able to receive this benefit. In addition to meeting with EBB staff, our delegation met directly with the FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessical Rosenworcel. Read more about the critical points that community leaders were able to bring up on our news blog: https://www.rwdfoundation.org/news/2021/9/15/rwd-ebb-grantees-meet-with-the-fcc
Congratulations to Angela Siefer of National Digital Inclusion Alliance and Francella Ochillo of Next Century Cities on your awards from UCC Office of Communication Inc.! Both Siefer and Ochillo are panelists in our upcoming master class and symposium, The #DecadeOfDigitalInclusion. As community advocates and nationally recognized leaders within #DigitalInclusion, Siefer and Ochillo join a dream team of panelists who are shaping the conversation. Learn more & register: marconisociety.org/decade
Next Century Cities' first virtual conference, "Broadband is the Electricity of the 21st Century. Let’s Light Up Every Community" starts today! (July 21, 2021, from 12pm-5pm EDT) Next Century Cities is committed to helping cities to realize the full power of truly high-speed, affordable, and accessible broadband internet. This virtual conference will feature local leadership from states across the country, as well as conversations with federal policymakers and broadband advocates through roundtable discussions. Next Century Cities (NCC) is a current Grantee of the Deutsch Foundation. They are currently working in #Baltimore to support local efforts to bring affordable and reliable broadband internet within reach for all residents. NCC helps officials at every level of government identify ways to advance digital goals and stress the importance of using community partnerships and local insights to develop broadband deployment strategies. Their work and support will be impactful for Baltimore City! https://nextcenturycities.org/
Tomorrow, Next Century Cities will be hosting their first ever virtual conference about expanding broadband to every resident in every community. Participants will be able to engage through interactive roundtables, fireside chats, and networking sessions to discuss broadband expansion. Learn more: https://nextcenturycities.org/conference/
We are excited to join these sponsors to support Next Century Cities' first virtual conference, "Broadband is the Electricity of the 21st Century. Let’s Light Up Every Community" - taking place tomorrow, Wed. July 21, from 12pm - 5pm EDT!