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Fredericton named as one of the top seven intelligent cities in the world

The Intelligent Community Forum has released it’s top seven picks for the most intelligent city in the world. Fredericton, New Brunswick is singled out for its municipal fiber carrier (e-Novations) and Fred-eZone its freely available municipal wireless network.

One must take into account that the Intelligent Community Forum is a “think tank that focuses on the creation of local prosperity and social inclusion in the ‘broadband economy’ of the 21st century.”, so the factors which the forum use to assess cities are probably skewed towards cities with municipal wi-fi and other broadband deployment initiatives. Unfortunately simply having a wireless network and broadband deployment doesn’t make you smart. Having the vision to implement this infrastructure is smart but how the infrastructure is used to “create local prosperity” is what I think is very important.

Along with Fredericton, Dundee, Scotland; Gangnum District of Seoul South Korea; Northeast Ohio, USA; Tallinn, Estonia; Westchester County, New York; and Winston-Salem, North Carolina have been shortlisted. ICF will announce the winner from its top seven list on May 16, 2008. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that Fredericton wins. It would be great PR and exposure for the city and New Brunswick as a whole.

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January 16th, 2008 Posted by Danny D'Amours | Fredericton | 4 comments


  1. Yes, it seems most of it has to do with our awesome and free WiFi network infrasture that is in place. I remember when I was visited at my company to donate to the WiFi network. Initially, there was no gaurenteee it would actually be connected to the internet. Of course, it does have internet access and I wish it covered even more areas of the city.

    Fredericton, has also been making large strides in protecting the environment as well but this seems to be more of an afterthought . We have a green parades, and recycle contests with local communities. We are also working to be the first city to meet Kytoto targets. I get the slight feeling this sounded life an after thought, but I think it is also important to mention.

    Proud to be a …Frederictonian? 🙂

    Comment by BradDet | January 16, 2008

  2. The city’s free wireless infrastructure certainly does help its profile quite a bit but I think that the city really needs to look at growing the infrastructure and impact of the network. As far as I can tell, the amount of the city being covered is still relatively small and it has not changed in quite a while. Is the city looking to get 100% coverage? Other cities have been catching up in terms of deploying wireless networks.

    As for the green initiatives being worked on by the city, while I completely agree with them I think that more innovative and novel approaches need to be taken. Handing out a few compact fluorescent lightbulbs and looking at building energy efficiency is enough. How about a world-class transit system? Perhaps property tax breaks for “green” owners?

    For a more jaded look at the award, see: http://miketba.blogspot.com/2008/01/worlds-greatest-dad.html

    Comment by Danny D'Amours | January 18, 2008

  3. There’s no doubt that fred-e-zone is a great accomplishment for Fredericton. I use it often when I’m at my kid’s sporting/activity events while waiting around pools, fields, etc. What is really ironic though is that if you go just barely 5 minutes past Marysville where there are many government buildings to Penniac, you can’t get high speed internet. A friend of mine that moved here from the US said how can Fredericton and area be so advanced in some ways and so archaic in others.

    Comment by Lisa | January 18, 2008

  4. I agree about the Fred e-zone, Lisa.

    There are some broadband alternatives that might work in the Penniac area. I am in town but I use Eastern Wireless (http://easternwireless.ca) fixed wireless service which has decent bandwidth and is comparable in price to Aliant or Rogers. They have decent coverage in the Fredericton area and should cover the Penniac area.

    There is a higher setup cost but in my experience it has been worth it.

    I believe that Xplorenet (http://www.xplornet.com/) is another service that could fit the bill.

    Comment by Danny D'Amours | January 22, 2008

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