Next Century Cities will host a regional broadband summit, Digital Southwest, at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N Center St., from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, in partnership with the city of Mesa.
The event will feature keynote speakers Federal Communications Commissioner (FCC) Mignon Clyburn and Mesa Mayor John Giles, and will bring together broadband champions from federal, state, and local government, as well as community leaders and broadband policy experts from the Southwest and across the nation.
From broadband financing to infrastructure development to smart cities, panelists will share a wealth of practical information that can help get more people online and able to tap into the opportunities that come from having high-quality internet access.
“Broadband drives the economy in our cities,” Giles said. “It’s what keeps companies connected to employees, suppliers and customers. When scoping new locations, businesses have come to expect broadband to be part of the local infrastructure package.”
Next Century Cities is a membership organization of more than 160 mayors and local leaders, including Mayor Giles, who are committed to ensuring next-generation internet access for their residents.
For more information, visit: www.nextcenturycities.org.