Why We Invested
Across the country, innovative municipalities are already recognizing 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. Next Century Cities (NCC) is committed to celebrating these successes, demonstrating their value, and helping other cities to realize the full power of truly high-speed, affordable, and accessible broadband.
The NCC Democracy on a Gig Initiative seeks to further this mission by identifying and supporting communities that leverage gigabit broadband Internet to improve civic engagement. To accomplish this goal, Next Century Cities will support a process to develop a competition between communities with access to next-generation networks to utilize their internet capacity to promote stronger democratic processes and increase civic engagement.