Mena, AR

Mayor Lioneld Jordan
Total Population: 80,621
Population Density: 1,333 (people/sq.mi.)
Land Mass: 43.44 (sq.mi.)…..    ………

The City of Fayetteville believes our digital backbone infrastructure is just as important as our physical infrastructure for roads, bridges, trails, parks, and utilities.  Our digital city will continue to be an engine for Fayetteville’s economic health, targeting businesses and workforce development for today’s economy.”

“Fayetteville has joined with Next Century Cities to be among this coalition of community leaders across the country who recognizes the importance of leveraging digital assets to attract new businesses and create jobs, and to connect residents with new opportunities. I look forward to learning from my peers across the country who are modeling best practices. Through a recently launched economic development strategic planning process, Fayetteville will determine its unique opportunities for creating the Fayetteville Broadband Strategy.”

Fayetteville is the fastest growing city in Arkansas, and was recently named the third best city to found a company outside of Silicon Valley and New York.  In 2015, Fayetteville received second place in the small city population category by the Center for Digital Government’s Digital Communities and has been recognized as a small city that rivals big cities in its digital practices.  Our digital city is being built through a deliberate design to mirror that of our urban infrastructure. Fayetteville has established a “dig once” policy for city initiatives and is planning an institutional network to connect its public facilities.

We know that transparency and accountability build trust. Because of our emphasis on service to citizens via online accessibility, Fayetteville will continue to find ways to enhance access to broadband for its citizenry.  Social equity demands digital inclusion for all of our citizens. Through workforce training partnerships, we plan to make strides toward income equality by establishing facilities for remote access to online learning and certification programs that can enable our workforce to prepare themselves for better jobs and better wages, and help us draw the new businesses we want to attract for our community to continue to prosper.

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Since then the City has installed more than 30 miles of underground fiber optic cable which serves the City’s operational and public safety needs. Additional system capacity is made available to Ammon area schools, businesses, residents and service providers as infrastructure.  Ammon’s fiber to businesses and residents is open-access to all service providers, which increases competition and reduces overall cost to consumers.

The City of Ammon is particularly interested in advancing public safety through the use of its fiber infrastructure. In 2012, the City was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to demonstrate network slicing for emergency communications in partnership with the University of Idaho. Today the City is a phase 2 contestant in the National Institute of Justice’s Ultra High Speed App Challenge.

The City of Ammon is working to further develop the open-access model by opening up the infrastructure through virtualization for the benefit of service providers and their subscribers.  The City is also utilizing its infrastructure to encourage development of other technological innovations, turning Ammon into a regional tech hub.