I see that Stockholm beat out Freddy and Moncton for the intelligent communities award.
I think the most important learning for cities looking to win this award is simple. It’s not about how intelligent a community is right now. It’s about how how cities used telecommunications to transform their economies. Consider this:
During a national fiscal crisis in the early Nineties, the City of Stockholm decided to pursue an unusual model in telecommunications. The city-owned company Stokab started in 1994 to build a fiber-optic network throughout the municipality as a level playing field for all operators. Stokab dug up the streets once to install conduit and run fiber, closed them up, and began offering dark fiber capacity to carriers for less than it would cost them to install it themselves. Today, the 1.2 million kilometer (720,000-mile) network has more than 90 operators and 450 enterprises as primary customers and is now in the final year of a three-year project to bring fiber to 100% of public housing, which is expected to add 95,000 households to the network. Stockholm’s Mayor has set a goal of connecting 90% of all households to fiber by 2012.
Now when I read the case for some of the cities (I won’t mention any specifics) in the final seven, it seemed that the focus was primarily on how smart they are and not on how telecom and planning transformed their economies.