Some of you, upon waking up today and opening your email (which, if you’re anything like me, is the first thing you do every morning) may have noticed something amiss. “Why does it feel so empty in here?” you probably wondered, scrolling through your inbox and eyeing the bold subject lines. “Something is… missing.”
“Wait a minute. Where’s my weekly email from Next American City, the one with a link to the latest Forefront story?”
Yes, you are right to miss it, and no, we didn’t suddenly forget about you. Also, don’t bother refreshing the page or checking your spam folder. We only delayed the publication of this week’s story in observance of Veterans Day. Instead of today, it will run on Tuesday morning.
But don’t you go forgetting about it! You’re in for a good one this week. Nancy Scola, whom you’ve seen around these parts before, turns an eye to Kansas city (on both the Kansas and Missouri side) to take a critical look at Google Fiber, the latest endeavor from the Silicon Valley giant to hook these heartland cities up to the fastest broadband in the country. What does this mean for the broader discussion about connecting cities to the Internet? Stay tuned to find out.
As with Scola’s previous story on Chinese investment in Toledo, Ohio, the National League of Cities will, as part of the Emerging Innovations series, host a truncated version of this week’s Forefront on our Daily blog. For those of you out there who haven’t subscribed, here’s a chance to get a taste of what you’re missing.
NAC won’t be totally inert today: We’ll continue to update our Daily page and stay active on social media. Tomorrow, we pick up again in earnest. For those of you out of the office (or away from the laptop), enjoy.