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Grand Junction joins over 90 other communities as next century cities leader for high-speed internet

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Recently, the City of Grand Junction joined “Next Century Cities”, a bipartisan, city-to-city initiative dedicated to ensuring the availability of next-generation broadband Internet for all communities.

In April 2015, Grand Junction voters approved an override of Colorado Senate Bill 05-152 by 77 percent. That vote was the first step on the path of improvement in the speed and capability of high-speed Internet toward development of a reliable and forward-looking broadband system. The City is currently working with our regional government, economic development, and private sector partners to identify solutions and investment opportunities to increase the bandwidth in our community.

“In this day and age, robust broadband is no longer a ‘nice to have’ — it is a ‘must have.’” Mayor Phyllis Norris said. “It has become an imperative to fostering and sustaining a healthy business environment and spurring economic development. Becoming a Next Century City was the next logical step for the City of Grand Junction in our effort to build upon high speed Internet for our community.

“The resources New Century Cities brings to the table including access to best practices, marketing materials and networking opportunities made this an easy decision for us.”

The City of Grand Junction is keenly aware of the importance of having a robust broadband capability to support economic prosperity and growth. The relationship has been well demonstrated in other communities and Grand Junction is convinced that high speed Internet is essential for the success of the citizens, businesses and community partners in growing, achieving and maintaining economic development in Grand Junction.

“Next Century Cities welcomes Grand Junction, the latest community to join us in support of high-speed Internet” said Deb Socia, executive director of Next Century Cities. “We encourage all cities who are interested in recognizing the benefits of these investments to business, schools, government, and more to join this initiative.”

To date, over 90 cities and their elected leaders have joined Next Century Cities in recognition of the importance of leveraging gigabit-level Internet to attract new businesses and create jobs, improve health care and education, and connect residents to new opportunities. Next Century Cities will support communities and their elected leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet.

For more information on Next Century Cities, visit http://nextcenturycities.org/member-cities/#post-1094.


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