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    left the city with legacy of long term unemployment and bred unacceptable levels of crime and social dislocation Broadband Incentives Carrying out the plan Ipswich was quick to seize multiple opportunities The Australian government s National Broadband Network announced in 2009 opened the possibility of attracting significant investment into the region Ipswich City Council partnered with surrounding city and regional councils to build a case for NBN rollout of what it termed the Western Corridor National Broadband Network The governments mapped current and proposed broadband infrastructure developed joint policies and solicited support from business and industry groups Their work was rewarded in 2010 when NBN announced that two locations in the region would receive the first deployments of fiber to the premise A similar strategy has driven 3G and 4G mobile deployment Governments combined to conduct independent testing of availability throughout the region which sent testing vehicles across more than 2 300 kilometers of roads The effort paid off by letting governments bring objective data to their negotiations with carriers about where towers should go to provide the broadest possible coverage But Ipswich has been as ready to partner with the private sector as to pressure it Acting as intermediary Ipswich has coordinated between property developers and NBN to direct NBN investment in conduit to areas where property developers or the city are launching construction which saves all parties time and money From Digital Hub to Digital Enterprise Infrastructure however is only the start To encourage adoption Ipswich has introduced a wide range of courses for citizens on digital applications and built a Digital Hub demonstration center where citizens and businesspeople can experience the most advanced technologies Training has reached more than 2 000 people many of whom in turn become technology trainers for community groups A Digital Enterprise Program

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    not attracting sufficient inward investment Mayor Wu Chih Yang focused his administration on business and investment attraction so successfully that deficits swung to surplus in 2011 and generated a US 160 million reserve The Aerotropolis Taoyuan s success is not entirely home grown The national government has made redevelopment of its airport which serves Taiwan s capital one of the nation s top 12 priorities Plans call for the creation by 2040 of an aerotropolis a massive urban area whose economy is driven by the airport using a mix of national local and private sector investment Creation of the Taoyuan Aeotropolis and surrounding rail systems will provide a mighty boost to Taoyuan s freight logistics and aviation technology companies and will ripple outward through other industries The aerotropolis project is forecast to generate 73 billion in economic benefit and create 300 000 jobs The city s investment attraction office has already won investment commitments from Cathay Life Insurance Kintetsu Worldwide Xpress Daiwa Merck 3M and SMC Building Digital Quality of Life But Taoyuan s strategy is not all about industrial development The city has also invested in creating a workforce ready for global competition and an quality of life that serves today s citizens as well as those the city hopes to attract Collaboration with Chungwha Telecom and Global Mobile and a national government goal to extend 100 Mbps broadband have produced a broadband penetration rate of 90 and made 100 Mbps service available to 85 of subscribers Public education has been revamped with a global digital economy in mind The study of English has become mandatory beginning in elementary school and nearly 100 elementary and junior high schools have installed English classrooms where students can be immersed in the global language of business Educators from principals to teachers receive

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    education healthcare infrastructure and recreation It led to the merger of two hospitals creating a unified healthcare system that became the city s biggest employer and the construction of new schools that partnered with the local university and recreation center to advance educational excellence Investments in city infrastructure were funded by an increase in the local sales tax It was during this period that the local community college the Mitchell Technical Institute MTI began to assume a unique leadership role MTI and a consulting company Martin and Associates developed a plan to create a municipal telephone company to bring advanced services to the city Put to a vote the plan was defeated due to concerns about cost fed by the opposition of incumbent providers But MTI was undeterred It developed a technology center to serve students and the community which soon became a collocation facility for communications providers Through a Federal grant MTI upgraded it into a Network Operations Center meeting strict industry and government security standards and the NOC began to host more and more networks including university connections to Internet II This evidence of demand persuaded regional carriers to expand broadband service culminating in a 2005 decision by Santel Communications to build a fiber to the premise network Investing in the Next Generation Telecommunications development has created another economy on top of Mitchell s agricultural one It consists of engineering consulting and software companies that have made Mitchell into a regional hub for expertise and services The city and its institutions have responded by deepening their support for the digital economy The school system has introduced a 1 to 1 laptop and tablet program for middle and secondary school students and is piloting mass customized learning MTI has invested 40 million in a new technology based campus where

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    index of social deprivation That is a reputation the city is eager to change Inspired to Become an Intelligent Community Whanganui found inspiration in the Intelligent Community Forum and has charted a clear path to a more prosperous future The Council s Family Friendly Strategy in 2008 set goals for the economy community partnership health safety cultural richness and environmental sustainability It was followed by a Broadband Strategy in 2009 and Digital Strategies in 2010 and 2013 which boldly called for this rural city to become a leader in the digital world with a high value economy vibrant community and health environment They were brave words and the city has begun to deliver on their promise The Council helped Ultrafast Fibre make the case for building an urban fiber network which now connects 13 000 households businesses and institutions and has attracted 12 broadband retailers In 2014 Ultrafast boosted its top network speed to 1 Gbps InspireNet a local wireless company has worked with community groups to install fixed wireless repeaters that extend network services into the rural areas surrounding the urban core Advanced connectivity has recently attracted film education companies software engineers teachers and other professionals to the city and existing businesses like Q West a boat builder that once complained of poor connectivity are finding their businesses booming City Council has used the network to put its own operations on line including wireless applications for field staff to save money and improve service to citizens and businesses Creating a Generation of Innovators The Digital Whanganui strategy also led to vital partnerships with the city s small university with a Computer Clubhouse group affiliated with MIT and skills development organizations Together they organized an annual TechEx technology expo to educate residents and businesses about digital opportunities This has led

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    population lived in slums A national movement for multi party democracy began in the late 1980s and accelerated through two tumultuous decades to culminate in approval of a new constitution in 2012 By creating the foundation of civil society it became one of several trends building a better future for Nairobi Opening Up Communications One trend was the liberalization of communications In 1999 the country had only 300 000 landline phones and an infant mobile phone industry because the state owned monopoly had served as a slush fund for government The break up of the monopoly early in the 21 st Century opened the way for new entrants among them a mobile phone operator called Safaricom The company introduced in 2007 a service called M Pesa which allows users to load money onto their phones as they would prepaid airtime and transfer it to another phone through a simple text message It was introduced as a defensive measure to reduce subscriber churn Today it handles US 320 million in payments each month equivalent to one fourth of Kenya s GDP and is responsible for driving mobile phone penetration to nearly 70 In the process it has unleashed economic activity by introducing banking services to low income citizens and spawned a host of start ups in Nairobi In 2012 Safaricom and the Commercial Bank of Africa introduced M Shwari a savings and lending program operating by phone Within 2 years it built a customer base of 7 million and facilitated 14 million in loans Next on Safaricom s agenda is construction of an inland fiber network linking to new submarine fiber landing in Mombasa Private and Public Sector Progress The beginning of a modern market economy has permitted private sector and public sector progress to take hold Kenya s leading industrialist

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    provide online products and services A Foundation of Conduit City Council began laying the foundation for a different economy in 2001 when it started requiring all greenfield developments to install fiber ready conduit and transfer ownership to Council Within a few years this asset made it possible for the city to able to attract fiber network investment into housing and mixed use developments The large and growing conduit system also attracted Australia s National Broadband Network to make Whittlesea a deployment site About 40 of the city now has access to fiber and 70 of premises are expected to receive 100 Mbps service by 2015 User adoption is among the fastest in the nation Whittlesea is already proving attractive to some large scale industrial developments spilling over from Melbourne including a wholesale fruit vegetable and flower market as well as food processing logistics and warehousing While welcoming this growth Whittlesea has focused on bringing its existing small business community into the digital age An ICT scorecard project has evaluated ICT adoption at 1 600 businesses Owners can now compare themselves to their peers which creates pressure for progress A Digital Enterprise program offers the technology training they need to increase their competitiveness The Council is also encouraging the start up and relocation of home based businesses that can use ultrafast broadband to provide high value services For citizens Whittlesea s libraries offer training technology and a demonstration center called the Digital Hub where they can see 100 Mbps service in action Digital in Place of Physical Infrastructure The emphasis on broadband and ICT has already moved the dial in terms of educational attainment In 2011 just 21 of residents had completed higher education compared with 32 in 2014 Professionals in the workforce have jumped from 17 of the total to

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    for decades from China and lower cost countries NTC faced the need to develop a knowledge based economy to power its future The Future is Broadband Massive investment went into high speed roads and rails to unite the doughnut shaped city but the real focus has been on broadband Partnering with the private sector NTC has boosted network deployment and promoted cloud based services for government and business The household penetration rate is at 91 with 87 on 100 Mbps service With education the single largest budget line NTC has connected more than 300 schools put tablets and computers into classrooms and retrained teaching staffs Taking advantage of the density of convenience stores NTC has facilitated the installation of more than 10 000 Wi Fi hotspots Still one million citizens are on the wrong side of the digital divide To help them the city offers training classes mobile computer classrooms and Digital Opportunity Centers where visitors can try the latest technologies More than 420 000 people have received digital inclusion services and household computer ownership has grown from 89 to 92 over five years Knowledge Drives Growth Executives and employees are an equal focus A Knowledge Bridge project has driven industry university collaboration projects and provided talent and job matchmaking It is credited with lowering the unemployment rate by a full percentage point NTC has identified seven strategic industries from green tech and bio tech to optoelectronics and culture for development and its SME Service Group offers counseling support for business development and R D subsidies Just three of NTC s business parks each focused on a different industry cluster have attracted US 1 5 billion in investment added US 2 5 bn in economic value and created 22 400 jobs In the Xizhi District a cloud computing development called

    Original URL path: http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/index.php?src=news&refno=1599&category=Community&prid=1599 (2016-02-12)
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    is also one of its most densely populated most diverse and most livable Livability is a product of forward looking planning during the 1980s when the county successfully lobbied for an underground Metrorail line to connect with an existing commercial corridor rather than a less costly route along a future interstate highway High density economic growth took place around Metrorail stations leaving quiet residential neighborhoods and 1 100 acres of parks and open space beyond Bordering Washington DC of which it was once part Arlington County has a highly educated population 69 have a university degree and a public school system ranked in the top 1 nationwide where students hail from 126 countries and speak nearly 100 languages But the county faces significant challenges to its future Decisions by the US Department of Defense will move 13 000 jobs out of the county over the next several years Expansion of the Metrorail system will put the county into competition with cities farther from Washington that offer more attractive commercial rents Meanwhile its building stock is aging with 70 of commercial buildings dating from before 1990 And Arlington has found that its dynamic population is also a transitory one The highly mobile workforce makes workforce retention difficult and creates obstacles to maintaining the spirit of volunteerism and collaboration that has underpinned the county s success To combat these challenges Arlington is doubling down Dissatisfied with private sector carriers that have met its past needs the county is developing its own fiber network to leapfrog current broadband capacity Government business university collaboration has been critical to its innovation economy the county is now reaching out to Latin business owners to more closely connect their energy and entrepreneurship to the mainstream It is taking its community engagement out of the meeting hall and

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