FCC Commissioner Clyburn talks connectivity, infrastructure, and impact at the Smart Regions Congress

At the Smart Regions Congress in Washington DC, FCC Commissioner Clyburn discussed the importance of broadband deployment and adoption, and how we must increase access to connectivity for economically disenfranchised communities.

 
Cities and regions that make the most out of intelligent transportation systems, the Internet-of-Things, and big data analytics can replace failing infrastructure, cut costs, and generate new revenue while dramatically improving the lives for their citizens.
— FCC Commissioner Clyburn
 
 

At the Smart Regions Congress in Washington DC, FCC Commissioner Clyburn discussed the importance of broadband deployment and adoption, and how we must increase access to connectivity for economically disenfranchised communities.

All citizens.

34 million Americans lack access to high-speed internet, and more often than not, also live in economically disenfranchised communities.

Commissioner Clyburn shared a number of ways to ensure all citizens have the opportunity to benefit from broadband-enabled technologies, including:

1.  Fostering a smart balance of public-public, public-private and private-private partnerships.

2.  Creating policies that are vigilant, inclusive, and demanding.

3.  Incorporating efforts that include a mix of broadband access, digital literacy, and affordability programs.

While we're making good progress in addressing rural connectivity gaps, there is still work to be done, as many urban communities continue to lack access. 

 
  Enter the Smart Infrastructure Challenge with your region before April 25th, 2018.  Teams with the best vision and plan for a connected future will receive prizes, recognition and support.     Sign up here to receive updates.

Enter the Smart Infrastructure Challenge with your region before April 25th, 2018.  Teams with the best vision and plan for a connected future will receive prizes, recognition and support.   Sign up here to receive updates.

 
 
 

The Smart Regions Congress was presented by Venture Smarter as part of the Regional Smart Cities Initiative

RSCI supports interdisciplinary and interagency efforts to develop technology and process planning standards at the local, county, state, and federal level; to educate and align leaders around available resources; and to understand and address pressing problems in urban, suburban, and rural areas. The core mission is to improve the quality of life across the nation while alleviating strained municipal budgets using smart technologies and strategies.