A Connected Cambridge
Another vision for Cambridge is for it to be a connected city. Everywhere you go, there is wifi. It wouldn't have to be really fast but at least you'd be connected everywhere to the internet at a reasonable speed, which is more than the mobile networks provide, 4G included. And it would be free.
But wifi is only part of the connected vision - the other half is superfast broadband provided by fibre-optic serving every building in the city. See this interesting article http://www.policymic.com/articles/66891/57-cities-now-have-free-wi-fi-but-they-re-not-thinking-big-enough
The article says that although wifi is important in municipalities, a "2011 study demonstrated that doubling the broadband speed for an economy increases GDP by 0.3%. Furthermore, businesses are enticed to locate to a city based on internet speed, not the mere presence of Wi-Fi. In a 2012 survey 90% of professionals in economic development organizations agreed that a broadband speed of at least 25-50 Mbps is needed to attract new business to a city, with over a quarter concurring that 1,000 Mbps would be needed".
So as a connected 'synchonicity'. Cambridge would not just make life better for workers and inhabitants but it would help attract more businesses to the region.
Cambridge is famous for its high tech 'cluster' - it's got a 'digital' image. But in the comms area it provides an 'analogue' service and this isn't good enough for a city that should aspire to be the greatest small city in the world.
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