The quality of information technology infrastructure in large U.S. cities is an increasingly crucial determinant of the economic vitality and quality of life for its residents. While Cleveland is today the worst digitally connected large US city, this need not be so going forward. The solution is at hand, both financially and technologically. All that is required is the will.
By combining an understanding of broadband technology (both fiber and wireless), innovative policy, enlightened leadership, and community voice, Cleveland can leapfrog the digital injustices of our past and create a sustainable, equitable solution for the future.
This paper calls for a transformational public investment in Cleveland’s information technology infrastructure: $20 million of ARPA funds to install 630+ miles of new, future-proof fiber throughout each of Cleveland’s 34 neighborhoods. The new