Fiber is the Foundation of High-Speed Internet Infrastructure for Cities
Rocket Fiber participated in the Main Street Oakland County’s “Connected Downtowns” Conference, where Director of Strategic Partnerships, Emily Dabish and Vice President, John Summersett, shared insight into the benefits of fiber and creating public/private partnerships as covered by The Oakland County Times.
Key points in the presentation related to ways in which the digital infrastructure can be leveraged for economic development in urban and rural communities. As mobility and the IoT (internet of things) requires connectivity that is ubiquitous and synchronized, it is important to understand the needs and wants of local stake holders in order to champion broadband deployments. Comparable to traditional development practices, open conversations around community wants — and private as well as public resources — are pivotal for successful projects.
Rocket Fiber also spoke to its eye-opening work with Michigan State University’s Quello Center concerning the true state of internet access in Detroit; seeking to share the learnings involving the Digital Divide with various partners who can apply those insights across jurisdictions.