Data and public Wi-Fi are the newest forms of infrastructure

Cities are now looking at both the internet and data as basic forms of infrastructure. For example, San Francisco city leaders recently announced the kickoff of a $2 million study to build municipal broadband, which carries a potential price tag of $1.5 billion.

Another leading city, Chattanooga, TN, is paving the way as a city offering a similar service, which has resulted in significant dividends in economic development and digital equity for its residents. In addition, Kansas City, MO, now has 52 square blocks of free public Wi-Fi. These efforts reflect cities’ progress in building the foundation to connect residents to city data.

By Kate Garman, 18 Jan 2018.  This piece by Seattle Smart City Coordinator Kate Garman, was originally featured in the Black & Veatch 2018 Strategic Directions: Smart Cities & Utilities Report