Hudson was ranked as the top U.S. city in the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) comprehensive ranking of intelligent communities ranked by Broadband, one of the criteria of intelligent communities in the ICF Method. Hudson was 6th in the overall international list of cities.
The list ranks Intelligent Communities in ICF’s global data set using data on communities submitted from 2015 through 2019. This data is carefully weighted to balance the self-reported and third-party data of the Smart21 evaluation and the data from later stages of evaluation that is subject to onsite validation.
With strong broadband connectivity, it is increasingly possible for smaller communities to keep their citizens home, as they can now participate in the global broadband economy from anywhere. With many smaller communities seeing the value in this, it is no longer exclusively the biggest cities that have the best broadband connectivity. While five of the top ten communities have more than 1,000,000 people, the other five all have under 300,000, with two communities having under 100,000 people.
ICF bases its evaluation of communities’ success on a number of factors, including:
- The availability and adoption of broadband
- The cost and programs the community has developed to drive availability
- Levels of broadband adoption and competition
The top ten cities in the ICF ranking include:
- Montreal, QC, Canada
- Taoyuan, Taiwan
- Espoo, Finland
- Waterloo, ON, Canada
- Toronto, ON, Canada
- Hudson, Ohio
- Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
- Melbourne, VIC, Australia
- Regional Municipality of York, ON, Canada
- Chaiyi City, Taiwan
For the full list, click here.