Next Century Hits Member Century Mark

Next Century Cities says it has added its 100th city, Boise, Idaho.

The group has been advocating for "fast, affordable, reliable" Internet access, including asking the FCC to grant petitions from Chattanooga, Tenn., and Wilson, N.C., which the FCC did, to preempt state laws limiting broadband buildouts by cities.

The group of mayors and other city officials launched last October with 32 member cities.

Next Century members espouse the following broadband principals

1. “High-Speed Internet Is Necessary Infrastructure

2. “The Internet Is Nonpartisan

3. “Communities Must Enjoy Self-Determination [i.e. no state preemption].

4. “High-Speed Internet Is a Community-Wide Endeavor

5. “Meaningful Competition Drives Progress

6. “Collaboration Benefits All.”

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.