Association Announces Picks for Top Seven Intelligent Communities
in the World
New York (August 10, 2001) - World
Teleport Association (www.worldteleport.org), the world's only
international trade association for teleports and their development
partners, announced today its selection of the top seven intelligent
communities in the world. The announcement was made by WTA's Intelligent
Community Forum (www.intelligentcommunity.org), a special interest
group within the association that focuses on the uses of broadband
technology for economic development by communities large and small
in both the developed and developing world.
The top seven communities are:
· Ennis, Ireland
· LaGrange, Georgia (USA)
· Nevada, Missouri (USA)
· New York City, New York (USA)
· Sunderland, England
The seven communities were selected
based on criteria established by WTA to measure the progress of
communities worldwide in developing broadband-based economies
that will prosper in the Digital Age. The criteria for selection
are available at www.intelligentcommunity.org.
"The purpose of our Top Seven
list and awards program is to recognize leadership in one of the
most important movements of our time: the rise of the intelligent
community," said WTA Executive Director Robert Bell. "We
hear a lot these days about 'wired cities.' But being wired -
having network infrastructure - isn't the point.
Our Top Seven intelligent communities
each represent, in their own way, the best application of broadband
technology for the common goal of not only creating prosperity
but ensuring that it is shared at all levels of society."
Bell noted that, each year, more communities and organizations
worldwide view communications
bandwidth as the new, essential utility.
It is considered as vital to economic
growth and public welfare as clean water and dependable electricity.
Intelligent communities work to position their citizens, businesses
and public sector to prosper in the Digital Age. Intelligent communities
typically become broadband-enabled through either public-sector
efforts or public-private partnerships, frequently involving the
broadband hub facility known as a teleport.
Bell noted that the Intelligent Community
Forum project (ICF) was formed in response to the opportunities
being created as the world rebuilds its infrastructure to accommodate
broadband communications. WTA estimates that this new vertical
marketplace will spend more than $100 billion on services and
In addition to its research, advisory programs and annual awards,
the ICF will recognize and certify communities as "intelligent."
As WTA indicated through this year's selection, intelligent communities
may be large or small, and appear in both the developed and developing
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