The development of Smart Cities and the access to smarter urban services has a prerequisite: the availability of a reliable broadband network. It isn’t an issue for rural areas only, as some data from US conglomerates demonstrate: nearly 57% of residents in Detroit lack fixed broadband, as well as 49% in Memphis, 48% in Cleveland and 47% in Miami.
This digital divide is a barrier to urban revitalization and the full realization of a truly smart vision. Beyond infrastructure problems, there is an educational gap, as in most urban neighborhoods with fiber networks access, people aren’t always taking advantage of it.
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