Investing in Speed

Metro areas across the nation are leveraging their fiber optic networks by positioning themselves as "smart cities" to attract tech companies, according to a recent article in Area Development Magazine.

Cities like Chattanooga, Tenn., are referenced as a shining example of a region that began planning for its fiber optic network in 2005 and now has a $370 million network that has helped generate roughly $1 billion in economic and social benefits. In Chicago and Pittsburgh, leaders are building out networks of sensors "that could make them meccas for the 'Internet of Things' (IoT), connecting places as disparate as a college mess hall and a cross-river bridge into one nearly organic digital nexus that facilitates business and civic needs across an entire region."

In the Quad Cities, municipalities are working to expand broadband capacity. The Chamber and its members are actively engaged in supporting their efforts to ensure equitable, regional, best-in-class broadband accessibility. Read more about why "smart cities" attract companies and people.
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