Aerial view of small tribal community of Upper Moenkopi on Navajo nation.

Tribal Communities Create Own Broadband Networks

Access to quality internet connectivity in many tribal and rural communities lags far behind other regions.

January 18, 2024 - Stateline

Exterior view of a Microsoft data center. Black multistory industrial building with Microsoft logo.

Virginia Coalition Calls for Increased Data Center Industry Oversight

Environmental groups voice concern that the states large, and growing, number of data centers is putting unsustainable pressure on natural resources and utility infrastructure.

December 13, 2023 - Inside Climate News

Broadband cable spool in rural area

Making Broadband Investments Count

As connectivity becomes increasingly important to everyday life, policymakers at all levels can take action to streamline broadband infrastructure projects and improve internet access for all communities.

April 7, 2022 - Fortune

Internet Cables

Broadband as Critical Transportation Infrastructure

The future of mobility depends on having a comprehensive, nationwide broadband network capable of supporting new transportation technologies and regulatory needs.

January 5, 2022 - Forbes

United Kingdom

'Guardian Cities' Calls it Quits

Guardian Cities is closing shop after six years as a valued resource on the planning and urbanism Internet.

January 13, 2020 - Guardian Cities

Transit Insights

Top Urban Planning Websites – 2019

Planetizen's annual list of the best of the planning Internet gives a taste of the technological and editorial milieu of the urban planning Internet at the beginning of a new decade.

December 31, 2019 - James Brasuell

Internet Cables

Local Internet Is Faster

More than 300,000 speed tests showed that six of the ten fastest internet service providers were locally run, including the fastest: Sonic in California.

July 31, 2019 - Vice

Planning Department Technology

City Planning Technology, 2019 Benchmarking Study

A report on the current state of Internet technologies, policies, and content management systems adopted by 600 cities across the United States, including recommended steps cities should take to improve technology assets in 2019.

February 11, 2019 - William Riggs

Woman Computer

New Fiberoptic Cable Infrastructure Is Changing Alaska’s Classrooms

Rural Alaska has some of the least reliable and slowest internet connections in the country, but new cable infrastructure in the Arctic Sea is changing that.

February 8, 2019 - The Heichinger Report

Cellular Network

A Texas Community Built for 5G

Developers hope 5G infrastructure will make Frisco Station a hub for self-driving cars, air taxis, and other futuristic technologies.

August 23, 2018 - Dallas News

Cellular Network

Big Public-Private Partnership to Reset Internet Infrastructure in San Jose

The city of San Jose's Broadband and Digital Inclusion Strategy is leveraging the private sector to ensure broad inclusion of new Internet technology.

July 6, 2018 - Smart Cities Dive

Fiber Optic Cable

The 'Worst-Connected Cities' in the United States

Here are the cities where residents are the least likely to have a broadband Internet connection in their home.

June 9, 2018 - Route Fifty

Internet Infrastructure

Private Telcos More Expensive Than Municipal Broadband 85% of the Time

A Harvard study found that, in 27 communities and cities with both private and city owned internet, the municipal broadband was almost always cheaper.

January 18, 2018 - Boing Boing


Colorado Town Votes to Go Ahead with Broadband Despite Cable Company's Best Efforts

A media campaign funded by Comcast and CenturyLink failed to stop the ballot initiative in Fort Collins to install universal broadband service delivering gigabit speeds.

January 9, 2018 - Ars Technica

Fiber Optic Cable

5G Broadband Coming in 2018, Says Verizon

The telecommunications company will debut the next-generation technology in three to five cities next year, including Sacramento.

December 15, 2017 - Smart Cities Dive

Fiber Optic Cable

Digital Divide Broadens with Broadband

Accessing the internet is too expensive for many, not just in rural areas but also in cities.

August 9, 2017 - FiveThirtyEight

Fiber Optic Cable

Most Americans Say Cities Should be Able to Build Their Own Broadband Networks

It's illegal for local governments to build broadband service in 20 states, and such legislation is spreading.

April 14, 2017 - The Verge

Technology Survey 2017

City Planning Department Technology Benchmarking Survey 2017

A report on the current state of Internet technology used by 600 cities across the United States, including recommended steps cities should take to improve their technology assets in 2017-2018.

January 11, 2017 - William Riggs


Google Fiber Halts Expansion Plans

Alphabet will likely pursue other ways to deliver high-speed fiber-optic internet service.

October 31, 2016 - New York Times


No More Browsing the Internet at LinkNYC WiFi Kiosks

A cynical person might say that this is why we can't have nice things.

September 15, 2016 - The New York Times

Top Books

An annual review of books related to planning.

Top Websites

The best of the Internet—since 2002.

Top Apps

Planning apps for a brave new world.

Top Schools

The definitive ranking of graduate planning programs.

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.