Building the Smart City — from the Internet Up.

Governments, together with startups and corporations, are re-examining policies, processes and community engagement. To build the ‘smart city’ requires building the city from the Internet up – connecting the city street and the cloud in one digital infrastructure.

Gigabit Broadband is coming.
Is Your Community Ready?

You’ve heard about Kansas City and the more than 400 other cities with ‘Gigabit’ broadband connectivity. You’ve probably heard about the economic gains that Chattanooga has seen; some estimates put it at $1 billion over the past five years.

Access to software-enabled next generation broadband infrastructure is critical for city and municipal leaders in the Great Lakes region who have an eye on new opportunities for a thriving, diversified economy. According to some analysts, each high-tech job produces five additional jobs outside of the high-tech sector in that city.

If your civic leadership team requires new information about municipal broadband business models; best practices to harness the power of municipal fiber for economic growth; the optimal frameworks for public/private partnerships and more — make plans to attend SmartGig Chicago.  This is the only regional business technology event designed for public and private sector executives who seek information on the gigabit city opportunity.

What Does it Take to Build a Smart City?

A smart city or state is a civic leadership with a vision, a plan and an execution road map to enact the digital transformation of government by investing in the information and communications infrastructure for the next century.

Analysts believe that government leaders who recognize the impact of digital technologies on their operations, business practices, residents, partners and industries in their region stand to gain a real advantage in growing their GDP, attracting business investment, developing and retaining a trained workforce, fostering a robust digital economy, and providing infrastructure and services that make their city more attractive places in which to live and work.

Attend SmartGig Chicago to will meet decision makers, visionaries, technology suppliers and services firms with a long history in the design and deployment of integrated infrastructure to fulfill on the promise of the Civic “Internet of Things.”

My conviction that we are on the cusp of when our broadband networks will prove even more transformative than the networks of the 19th century is based upon this: broadband networks are new in a new way. The new way is the evolution from hardware-based networks to ones that are software based.

Thomas Wheeler, Chairman, FCC

We are at the dawn of a new era: Software Defined Infrastructure; a starting point of a very deep revolution that will reshape our global computing infrastructure. It is conceivable that today’s internet will run in just one “slice” across this infrastructure, with many other novel services populating other slices.

National Science Foundation, 2016

The terms “Internet” and “broadband” are too often used synonymously – but they are not the same. The way the Internet works today is a result of broadband infrastructure.

Thomas Wheeler, Chairman, FCC

The new buzzwords in the telecom industry are about provisioning and orchestration. Just like in cloud services, the ideal is that a customer goes online, signs up, and provisions a service how they want it and when they want it.

Scott Raynovich, SDX Central

Cities, Municipalities and Metro Areas need to maintain a competitive advantage in a new connected world of digital applications, knowledge workers and innovation from the Network. Some say it is a survival of the fittest ecosystem in the global competition for the future knowledge worker and a share of the expected $9 trillion in annual GDP that will come from the Internet of Things.

Thomas Wheeler, Chairman, FCC