NTIA’s new community broadband toolkit: Using Partnerships to Power a Smart City

ntia-partners-4-stepsNTIA’s BroadbandUSA has just released a new resource, Using Partnerships to Power a Smart City:  A Toolkit for Local Communities. Here’s a description from the work itself…

This Toolkit is for government officials, urban planners, citizen groups, and others who want to implement successful smart cities projects.  Drawing from lessons learned, it provides a framework for getting the most out of public-private partnerships, including what to look for in a partner, assessing each partner’s contribution, and guidance on how to structure the most fruitful partnership agreements. The Appendices provide helpful checklists to use during the planning process. Our goal is to equip communities with the know-how to build long-lasting partnerships that contribute to vibrant and sustainable smart cities.

They go through four steps:

  1. Understanding Typical Partnership Structures
  2. Selecting the Right Partners
  3. Determining Each Partner’s Contribution
  4. Developing the Partnership Framework

It sounds like they are working on a series of tool kits. This one is good if you’re starting or at the beginning of a broadband partnership. It’s a nice framework for all partners to have.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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