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    To create a new economy on top of the oil driven present Edmonton has built the infrastructure of the new century and engaged its institutions in translating it into a new source of prosperity The city s downtown is richly endowed with optical fiber and offers new facilities connections in 3 4 weeks The Alberta SuperNet provides public institutions with the high speed backbone needed for research telemedicine and cloud services Extensive wireless throughout public spaces carries more than 50 Gb of data traffic weekly Turning Knowledge into Commerce In a city with five major post secondary institutions serving 100 000 students public private organizations work to turn knowledge into commerce The TEC Edmonton accelerator has helped young companies raise 160 million in financing generate 310 million in revenue and employ 1 800 people in the region Startup Edmonton is now doing the same for early stage firms For those outside the digital economy the public library offers a range of services from education on child raising to help with employment medical care housing and addiction support Digital literacy training and its vast array of computers and tablets make the library not only a place to find support but a place to connect as well Master Plan for a Sustainable Future The city has created a 10 year master plan The Way Ahead that embeds intelligence into plans for housing developments expansion of transit greater sustainability and better financial planning Forced by landfill closures to find alternatives Edmonton now recycles or composts 60 of residential waste and sends another 30 to its new biofuels plant Its latest mixed use developments aim to be among the most energy efficient in North America For Edmonton it is not enough to build a beautiful city full of citizens who think like entrepreneurs and

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    shaped by long distances and low population density which limited its economic and social potential County government has focused on technologies and programs designed to break through these barriers It has developed a large scale Wi Fi infrastructure operating at speeds of up to 60 Mbps through 250 free hotspots that reach 90 of the population Service was switched on in July 2014 and the service has already gained 30 000 subscribers with 400 new users coming online daily Government has used this platform to put important services online but has gone one step further by making available employees to deliver access devices to citizens homes and train them in getting online The County has created an online and mobile marketing platform for the local tourism industry with remarkable results One of the County s biggest events is a hot air balloon festival which attracted 350 000 tourists in 2011 Just one year later attendance jumped to 830 000 The major tour sites of Taitung received six million visitors in 2013 up 44 from 2009 While the number of hotels grew the average occupancy rate also leaped to third in the nation Developments like these caused the outflow of population from the county to reverse for the first time in years in May 2014 Intelligent Machine Service Stations Tourism is the low hanging fruit of economic development of course and Taitung County has bigger ambitions The government introduced online marketing for the county s agricultural products in 2013 and its Web site receives 4 000 visitors per day and has generated US 70 000 in new sales It is also installing intelligent machine service stations large scale kiosks at locations throughout the county to provide remote health services to residents from monitoring blood pressure to consulting with a medical professional

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    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 has offered training seminars to hundreds of employees from small to midsize businesses and nonprofits Ipswich has just commenced a major redevelopment of its city center where digital technologies will be used to attract commercial and residential tenants

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    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 intensive training in the use of ICT to improve education and Taoyuan is updating the curriculum to take advantage of the latest digital tools Digital Opportunity Centers in remote areas are providing thousands of residents with access to

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    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 it trains hundreds of communications and data technicians while Dakota Wesleyan University has created centers for entrepreneurship and health sciences A local angel investors network has sprung up and begun incubating new communications startups So successful has

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    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 in turn to a pilot project to equip secondary school students with digital devices to ensure that they have connectivity at home and to develop a digital hub at the school to spur innovation among existing and new

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    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 Manilal Chandaria has founded a business school and incubation center at Nairobi universities which builds on the success of the iHub tech facility established in 2010 Microsoft has partnered with Intel and a school association to bundle devices

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    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 25 over the same period Each year Whittlesea conducts a household survey to find out what is most on the minds of its residents According to the latest survey it is all about infrastructure failing to keep pace

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