A smart community uses broadband networks to leverage innovative economic development, top‐notch education, first‐rate health care, cutting‐edge government services, enhanced security and more efficient utility use. Fast, reliable broadband is essential to businesses and families in today’s connected world. For example, schools, such as Liberty High School, are sending home Chromebooks for homework and projects, and teachers post important information for students and parents on class portals. Studies show that students learn better with the right tools.
The gigabit broadband fiber network built locally in North Liberty is an education and economic engine for the entire community, enabling a wide range of applications to meet consumer, business, government and institutional needs.
While a broadband network is the foundation for a smart community, the presence of fiber broadband infrastructure by itself does not complete a smart community. Rather, broadband is a tool that local stakeholders can use collectively to develop and achieve community goals. In North Liberty there is a local, collaborative approach to improving the lives of citizens and sustaining the prosperity of the community through high speed, fiber optic connections.