This week Allied Fiber attended the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) 2014 Summit in New York City. The ICF Summit is an international gathering of mayors, chief administrative officers, chief information officers and economic development officers from cities, states and regions around the world. It is a unique opportunity to learn from the world’s most dynamic communities how to use information and communications technology to build prosperous, inclusive and sustainable communities.
Sponsored by Allied Fiber, the Community Accelerator Day hosts two simultaneous Master Classes, one devoted to urban issues, the other to rural issues and includes multiple panel discussions throughout the day. Allied Fiber CEO, Hunter Newby, participated on the panel, Does Your City Really Need a Gigabit Network?, moderated by Robert Bell, Executive Director and Co-Founder of ICF, along with Jack Belcher, CIO, Arlington County, Virginia and Dan Babineau, CIO, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. They had an interesting discussion about why gigabit networks are making headlines and if fiber connectivity is the best investment in a century being redefined by high-speed mobile networks and handheld devices.