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Boston Eyes Next-Gen Networks

| Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Nov 2, 2014 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/boston-eyes-next-gen-networks/
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The Boston Globe, November 2, 2014

BOSTON – Boston is teaming up with more than two dozen other cities across the country to tackle one of the most complex infrastructure questions of the century: how to ensure the next-generation Internet connectivity that will be crucial for civic success.

“Where we stand today does not represent a network that is going to carry us and our many industries … into the next few decades of the century,” said Jascha Franklin-Hodge, chief information officer for the city of Boston.

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The goal is to help a number of cities that already have interesting initiatives have better access and collaborate and learn from each other,” said Chris Mitchell, policy director for Next Century Cities. “Having them all together makes it easier.” The networks of the future will need to be so-called gigabit networks, capable of speeds dramatically higher than a majority of today’s networks.

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