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What are Smart Cities?

Racial Inequity in Smart City Development

In our previous commentary, Verge Founders Jonathan Rhodes and Christopher Wolff talked about going through a firestorm of controversy over their work in Smart Cities. After developing the first sustainable Smart City plan, which has become the model for cities nationwide, our founders faced the full force of incumbents and...

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Board of Ethics Review
Board of Ethics Decision Jonathan Rhodes

CLEARED OF FALSE ALLEGATIONS FROM COX COMMUNICATIONS AND CITY COUNCIL, VERGE INTERNET RECOMMITS TO BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE.

One year ago, Cox Communications and the New Orleans City Council levied a series of false allegations at startup Verge Internet and its founders, Jonathan Rhodes and Christopher Wolff. Their goal was to kill competition and protect the status quo. We are pleased to report that on July 6, 2023 the State of...

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five most disconnected cities

Five most disconnected cities – and what to do about it.

Being forced into a remote world during the pandemic, we now know the depth of our country’s digital divide. According to analysis of 2018 census data, 7 million households nationwide lack computers and 17 million lack high-speed internet. This figure includes one in three Black, Hispanic, and American Indian families...

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Five Smart Cities to Watch

Five for Friday: Five Smart Cities to Watch

The term "smart city" refers to the use of data to drive decision making and implement new technologies to improve services and strengthen contact between citizens and government. As populations in cities continue to grow, it is increasingly important the cities get smarter to serve their citizens better. Cities around...

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Bridge the digital divide

Bridge the Digital Divide in Five Steps

Five for Friday: Five Steps to Bridge the Digital Divide The COVID pandemic has highlighted the need for connectivity and exposed the digital divide in many of our communities. Internet connectivity has become so important that many would now consider broadband to be a public utility. With the Internet being a...

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Digital Redlining: Past and Present.

Digital Redlining in New Orleans. Compare 1930 to today. Digital Redlining: Past, Present and a More Equitable Future.  Many of us understand the historic practice of redlining, which started in the 1930s as New Deal programs sought to assess neighborhood risk levels for home loans. Based on racially motivated perceptions,...

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