BroadbandNow is recognizing “Fiber-Friendly Cities” as part of our ongoing effort to highlight excellent work to reduce and eliminate the digital divide. It is important to showcase forward-thinking cities that have made a concentrated effort to invest in future-proofed connectivity methods. Residents and businesses of Fiber-Friendly Cities are well-positioned to compete in our modern economy in the near-term and long-term, and improve our nation’s technology infrastructure.
Sixteen of the 100 most populous cities in the U.S. received certifications. In total, 1,687 cities & towns have been recognized, out of approximately 20,000 currently incorporated in the nation.
Fiber broadband is the most robust internet infrastructure currently available, and can transform cities with its advanced bandwidth and throughput capabilities. Fiber is the most future-proofed connection type and its full potential has yet to be unlocked. We envision a future in which every U.S. city is Fiber-Friendly.
Fiber-Friendly recognition is based upon our extensive database of fiber availability data in the U.S. BroadbandNow maintains the largest and most robust collection of both pricing and availability data available online today.
For this initiative, we have recognized cities as Fiber-Friendly where 90% or more of residents have access to at least one fiber broadband provider. Our fiber availability data comes from a mix of governmental and private sector data sources, including the FCC’s Form 477 deployment data and proprietary data uploaded by hundreds of internet service providers.
Additionally, we also recognize cities as Fiber-Friendly if they have adopted these three core best practices, allowing them to provide the expedient processes needed to build out these next-generation networks at scale:
- Provide open access to information about existing infrastructure. Cities that provide accurate and up-to-date information relating to local infrastructure help fiber providers make intelligent choices when it comes to installing the cabling needed to build their services out to the entire population. This includes, but is not limited to information about utility pole placement, conduit and existing water, gas and electricity lines.
- Help to futureproof and ensure access for innovations and expansions. Many cities have existing infrastructure that can be very useful to fiber providers who are looking to establish their services. Cities that work directly with providers in order to facilitate service rollouts help to avoid disruptive and wasteful practices like duplicate pole placement, unnecessary ground excavations, and more.
- Have a consistent, reliable process to streamline construction efforts. Cities that outline and provide a detailed, streamlined and predictable permitting and construction process help make it possible for fiber providers to roll out their networks quickly and with as little burden on residents as possible.
If your city has not been recognized as Fiber-Friendly, but you believe you meet the criteria listed above, please reach out to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.