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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    an aerotropolis a massive urban area whose economy is driven by the country s biggest airport at its heart Creation of the Taoyuan Aerotropolis is one of 12 massive projects approved by the national government for its i Taiwan strategy to which the government has already committed more than US 11 billion Expansion of the airport and surrounding rail systems will provide a mighty boost to Taoyuan s freight logistics and aviation technology industries and will ripple outward through semiconductors opto electronics automotive accessories textiles and food Taoyuan is already the site of industrial parks home to nearly 11 000 factories and 45 000 businesses which collaborate broadly with Taoyuan s 16 colleges and universities on research and commercialization The aerotropolis project is forecast to generate another US 8 billion in economic benefit and create 260 000 more jobs But in the midst of these massive changes Taoyuan is setting its sites on another goal to make equally large improvements in quality of life for its people Ensuring world class broadband is part of it The county has thrown its energy and resources into multiple projects a US 99 million investment in building conduit to lower the cost for carriers to deploy optical fiber and partnerships with Chungwha Telecom and Global Mobile Corp to deploy thousands of WiFi hotspots and 4G wireless coverage which has been expanded to reach 70 of the population Taoyuan also has numerous projects for the digitally excluded ranging from free or subsidized connectivity and computers to skills training for low income indigenous and immigrant populations Equal attention is being paid to the physical environment Past development overbuilt the Laojie River which flows through the urban core and has shrunk the number of ponds in this Homeland of a Thousand Ponds Taoyan s Mayor Wu Chih

    Original URL path: http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/index.php?src=news&refno=1221&category=Community&prid=1221 (2016-02-12)
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    am Kingston is one of Canada s oldest cities founded at a strategic intersection of lakes and rivers with an historic waterfront and an employer base of Federal and Provincial agencies that attracts more government grants per capita than any other city in the nation It has been ranked Canada s third best place to live and smartest city thanks to deployment of an open access community broadband network supplemented with investment in the Eastern Ontario Regional Network bringing 10 Mbps service to rural neighborhoods More than 90 of Kingstonians now subscribe to broadband But the economy s heavy dependence on public sector spending makes Kingston vulnerable to decisions made far away and local government has developed a multi faceted strategy to diversify its economy while maintaining the culture and quality of life that residents treasure It is aided in this undertaking by the presence of Queen s University a top 10 research institution and St Lawrence College a 2 year institution with schools of business computer and engineering technology health sciences and skilled trades Queen s University founded an office in 1987 called PARTEQ Innovations to identify intellectual property and support its commercialization PARTEQ went on to build Innovation Park where academic business and government researchers work to pioneer new technologies and bring them to market Innovation has a particular focus in Kingston The public business education and government have rallied around a goal to make environmental sustainability its focus Local government launched a community planning process that resulted in Sustainable Kingston a plan that gave rise to a nonprofit of the same name As a result most research and commercialization focuses on greentech and cleantech from the Federal GreenCentre Canada research lab to a Fuel Cell Research Centre and High Performance Virtual Computing Lab Successful businesses are also

    Original URL path: http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/index.php?src=news&refno=1114&category=Community&prid=1114 (2016-02-12)
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    Canada s largest city On the asset side is its diverse economy with key clusters in finance media ICT and film production and success as a magnet for immigrants that have made it one of the most multicultural cities in the world Major carriers offer high quality broadband to 100 of residents and its five major universities and multiple colleges have attracted 400 000 students and helped ensure that Toronto has more residents with undergraduate degrees that London On the liability side are the highest cost of living in Canada and transportation gridlock that gives residents of the Greater Toronto Area the world s longest average commute times These factors have contributed to the success of suburbs in attracting new and existing businesses making once sleepy cities like Mississauga into business hubs in their own right To reverse this trend Toronto is doubling down on the value of a dense superbly equipped and culturally rich urban experience The centerpiece is Waterfront Toronto North America s largest urban renewal project which is revitalizing 800 hectares of brownfield shoreline with 40 000 residential units parks and one million square meters of commercial space designed to the highest environmental standards Offering 1 Gbps fiber based broadband provided at no cost to the 10 of housing set aside for low income residents the Waterfront is expected to offer a home to 40 000 new jobs focused on knowledge industries Early commercial tenants include the Corus Entertainment and the George Brown College Health Sciences campus Though impressive in size and scale the Waterfront is only the most visible of many public private collaborations through which the city is pursuing an ICT powered future The MaRS Discovery District supplies housing incubation acceleration and investment services to hundreds of early stage portfolio companies downtown while the Ryerson

    Original URL path: http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/index.php?src=news&refno=1131&category=Community&prid=1131 (2016-02-12)
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    where the Midwestern economy and culture end and that of the West begins It is the largest city in a rural region that has lost 30 of its population over the last 70 years land that some experts have argued should be allowed to return to its native state of grassland filled with roaming bison But the people of Mitchell have other ideas Through a community planning process called Focus 2020 the city has aimed to build a 21st Century economy emphasizing education health care infrastructure and smart land use as key contributors to quality of life and economic growth Its journey began paradoxically with failure Mitchell is home to Dakota Wesleyan University and the two year Mitchell Technical Institute MTI The Institute developed a plan to build a fiber optic network to serve Mitchell but concern over its cost led to defeat in a public vote Undeterred MTI built a Technology Center to serve students and the community which wound up housing technology for several local telecom providers and a grant funded Network Operations Center The accumulating evidence of demand for advanced services persuaded Midcontinent Communications a regional carrier to expand broadband in Mitchell ahead of other cities and a broadband stimulus grant made it possible for another competitor to build a fiber to the premise network On this foundation institutions business and government have collaborated intensively to drive economic development The school district launched a 1 1 laptop program for secondary school students and a pilot program in mass customization of learning which aims to give students education appropriate to their individual abilities It opened a Career and Technical Education center in partnership with MTI and Dakota Wesleyan to equip secondary school and MTI students with the skills in greatest local demand agriculture health care energy construction and

    Original URL path: http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/index.php?src=news&refno=1115&category=Community&prid=1115 (2016-02-12)
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    the Native Americans who first settled in this meeting place of rivers Natural abundance created agricultural prosperity and a strategic location made Walla Walla a 19th Century shipping hub until it was bypassed by the trans continental railroad and its prominence was gradually eclipsed by the coastal city of Seattle Today Walla Walla grows wheat that is sought after in Asian markets produces fruit sold across the US and has seen explosive growth of wine making with 160 registered vineyards Tourists seeking fine wines and natural beauty have given birth to a thriving culinary and arts scene providing residents and businesses with an outstanding quality of life Ringed by mountain ranges however Walla Walla is geographically isolated It is not located on a major transport route and has limited air service The city is reasonably well served by incumbent broadband providers but there are gaps in availability and service quality and backhaul to the major Internet peering points is expensive and not always reliable Though it is home to a high quality university and community college its businesses offer limited employment opportunities to graduates and brain drain is a constant concern The Chamber of Commerce is leading an effort to leverage Walla Walla s existing strengths to create broadband powered growth In 2012 thanks to a broadband stimulus grant the nonprofit Northwest Open Access Network NoaNet completed expansion of its fiber backbone into the Walla Walla Valley The city is now working with carriers institutions and businesses on ways to roll out local connectivity to fill gaps and deliver significant bandwidth where needed The Chamber established a film office that has already drawn TV and film shoots and is working to attract a full time production unit for TV film or Web content as the anchor of a digital media

    Original URL path: http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/index.php?src=news&refno=1099&category=Community&prid=1099 (2016-02-12)
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    beauty and an array of arts and culture institutions dating from the 19th Century the city is the ninth poorest in New Zealand It has a lower percentage of working age adults and of adults who have completed post secondary education than the New Zealand average The nearest institution of higher education is an hour s drive away and so local students tend to leave to pursue their education Bypassed by national rail lines in the 19th Century which led the closing of a railways workshop that was a major employer it was bypassed again by broadband providers in the 20th Whanganui s Council has responded to these obstacles with a series of major strategies beginning in 2010 Inspired by ICF s Intelligent Community Indicators the Council created a Broadband Strategy and began searching for private sector partners to help carry it out The result was a deal with Ultrafast Fiber which began a fiber build in August 2011 that has already passed 10 000 homes 1 000 businesses and nearly 100 schools and healthcare facilities Six new broadband providers are selling services on the network The Council s Digital Whanganui strategy led to a partnership with the nearby college to extend its presence into the city Working groups of citizens and business leaders are addressing such areas as fine arts education STEM training and training for the unemployed In 2012 the city organized its first TechEx a free three day interactive technology expo which attracted 10 000 visitors The 2013 TechEx focused on education and began to create links with university engineering schools in the greater region The same strategy drove the creation of a Computers in Homes program that has provided training systems and connectivity to nearly 1 000 low income families as well as the development of

    Original URL path: http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/index.php?src=news&refno=1222&category=Community&prid=1222 (2016-02-12)
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    of Safaricom one of the most innovative mobile operators in the world It got its start after the 1999 break up of the state owned Kenya Posts and Telecom at a time when the majority of Kenyans had no access to financial services 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 began life as a student software project and was introduced as a defensive measure to reduce subscriber churn M Pesa now processes US 320 million in money transfers for Kenyans each month and has played a major role in driving mobile penetration to more than 77 of the population By setting an example of ICT innovation it has also laid the foundation of an innovation economy in the county A 2013 county program has launched a mass roll out of laptops to public school students and made STEM education a pillar of a new Vision 2030 development plan A leading industrialize Manu Chandaria has funded creation of an innovation and incubation center at Kenyatta University which builds on the success of

    Original URL path: http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/index.php?src=news&refno=1097&category=Community&prid=1097 (2016-02-12)
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    10 2013 4 00 pm A large municipality that contains urban and rural areas Whittlesea lies to the north of Melbourne one of Australia s leading cities It is a community in rapid transition About 200 new residents move into the city each week and more than half locate in new housing developments Most are commuters seeking quality of life fewer than one third of employed residents work within the Whittlesea municipal limits Rapid population growth however has been accompanied by a steady decline of the city s manufacturing base and is exposing shortfalls in roads public transport telecom waste and stormwater systems Nearly 80 of today s local businesses are classified as small Only 10 are involved in export and only 25 sell products or services online Whittlesea s political leaders are determined to create a robust local economy on Intelligent Community principles Since 2001 the city has required developers to install fiber optic ready conduit into their projects and transfer ownership to the city The conduit network now passes more than 14 000 premises Installing dark fiber in the network the Council has leased or sold capacity to four carriers and motivated the National Broadband Network NBN to make the region a deployment site The city expects that 70 of premises will have access to 100 Mbps service by 2015 For broadband services available today Whittlesea has the second highest take up rate in Australia To turn that infrastructure into economic value Whittlesea has led the launch of a regional survey of ICT readiness for business The program has produced scorecards for 1 600 companies and connected them with ICT firms that can help them close technology gaps A Digital Enterprise program conducts classes for business people on using broadband to become more competitive For citizens Whittlesea s

    Original URL path: http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/index.php?src=news&refno=1101&category=Community&prid=1101 (2016-02-12)
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