Cities hope to boost broadband with the new Next Century Cities coalition

Leaders from 32 cities in 19 states this week launched the Next Century Cities coalition to promote next-generation broadband Internet to attract businesses and jobs and to help reduce the digital divide among their residents.

In some cities, Deb Socia said the nonprofit group Mobile Beacon has helped connect other nonprofits, schools and libraries with 4G wireless for $10 a month. Mobile Beacon offers a portable wireless hotspot, about the size of a hockey puck, for $39.

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