Our country’s growing political tension between city leadership and state legislatures has long historic roots in America, NLC Director of Research Christiana McFarland writes this week in Route Fifty. Current issues ranging from municipal broadband to civil rights to the minimum wage have been involved — but the pattern is not new, says McFarland: “A
“As city leaders, we work proactively with the private sector to support high quality service for our communities.”
This is the second in a two-part blog exploring gigabit connections around the country. The National League of Cities’ Center for Research and Innovation partnered with Next American City to develop a case study, Gig City, U.S.A.: Bringing Google Fiber to Kansas City, which looks at the developing partnership between Google and the Kansas Cities.
The National League of Cities’ Center for Research and Innovation has joined with Next American City to explore how cities are developing innovative models for tackling complex urban issues and strengthening their local economies. NLC is featuring a series of case studies on foreign direct investment, fiber connectivity, and immigration. This blog highlights the second
The Department of Commerce took the first major step in the planning and construction of a public safety communications network Monday morning when Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank appointed 12 members of the board of directors for the First Responder Network Authority, which—thankfully—is simply being referred to as “FirstNet.” FirstNet is responsible for overseeing
It isn’t new news that the United States lags in broadband adoption and download speeds. The United States was one of the world leaders on broadband penetration in the 1990s, ranking fourth among other developed and developing nations. But by 2006, the U.S.’s standing slipped drastically, according to the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development,
The following was written by Mitchel Herckis, Principal Associate for Federal Relations In these difficult times, it seems rare that we can tout a bipartisan victory that helps cities and towns across the nation. However, this week Congress has the opportunity to take a major step forward in replacing the current patchwork of voice-only first
During a meeting of local elected officials, Blair Levin, executive director of the Federal Communications Commission, Omnibus Broadband Initiative gave a sneak peak at the soon to be released National Broadband Plan. “Broadband is the common medium this country uses…’ he said during the meeting, underlying the need for a stronger technological infrastructure that would