The City of Albuquerque has partnered with the New Mexico Technology Council to coordinate and establish a focus committee to discuss efforts to bring community-based fiber optic networks to Albuquerque. The announcement comes after Mayor Richard J. Berry and William Wallace, Executive Director of US Ignite, announced earlier this month that the City of Albuquerque has been named a US Ignite partner, joining a select group of Smart Gigabit Communities nationwide. Smart Gigabit Communities are selected by US Ignite, a non-profit organization launched in 2012 with inspiration from White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation to assist American communities take advantage of next-generation networks.
The focus committee, which is to consist of selected community leaders and stakeholders from business, government, technology, and community organizations is designed to facilitate discussion, gather information, and exchange ideas regarding current and future broadband needs and accessibility.
The goal is to build a comprehensive action plan for developing a technology-ready community by reviewing the technology landscape, developing regional partnerships, establishing local teams, and conducting a thorough community assessment. The gathered information from the focus group meetings will be used to help create the official Technology Action Plan for the city community.
The effort will serve as a complimentary piece to cornerstone technology programs and initiatives planned to be made available through the Innovation District, Route 66 fiber deployment, and many of the Smart City initiatives the City is currently pursuing through the Bloomberg I-team and TechHire programs. As the City of Albuquerque has communicated, Albuquerque’s success in this initiative will serve as an example of the potential for next-generation technology to accelerate economic development and spur the development and adoption of high-speed broadband applications and services.
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For more information about the City of Albuquerque’s partnership wtih US Ignite, read the press release here.
For more information about the City of Albuquerque’s partnership with the New Mexico Technology Council, read the press release here.