Broadband is the “killer app” for modernizing cities large and small: analyst

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Whatever happened to the promise of the “gigabit city?” There are still barriers to fast, available, and consistent broadband connections but this is slowly changing, notes one industry observer.

According to broadband industry analyst Craig Settles, high-speed broadband is the “killer app” that will kickstart innovation and growth within North American communities.

Settles will explore the topic in depth at next month’s World Future Cities Summit conference in Toronto. The two-day event will explore the “gigabit city movement” concept and how IT can lead the way in terms of innovation and improving the general quality of life throughout municipalities. This includes encouraging faster adoption of network fibre development to enable emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), mobility, web-based applications and the cloud.

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