On March 30, 2011, Google announced that Kansas City, Kansas will be the first community, out of 1,100 communities, where its new network, Google Fiber, would be deployed. Google Fiber is a project to build an experimental broadband internet network infrastructure using fiber-optic communicationimages. Google and Kansas City is not attempting something entirely new, other cities have their own IT networks, but this partnership is relatively new with the infusion of private capital being infused into a community for IT accessibility throughout the city.
You may have a similar IT project in your community or have had discussions for such. For example, public libraries and city buildings with wifi access. Still, how do you administer such networks and how do you expand if your community makes the request?

As a city administrator/manager, you are charged with a number of responsibilities with the most important carrying out the wishes and desires the best way you can of your council and the greater community.

Here are some questions to ask yourself before you venture into a large-scale IT project for the public:

1. What is your city known for? What would you like your city to be known for?
2. How active is your staff in citizen engagement? How engaged are your citizens?
3. Do you have a full-time communications staff member? To what degree are they charged with engagement?
4. How integral is branding for your city?
5. How can corporate sponsorship enhance the visibility and/or tax base for your city?