Smart City Utility Partnerships Video Playbook

Local governments across the country are investigating creative ways to connect physical infrastructure and create digital platforms that enable smarter, equitable, and more sustainable communities. Utility companies are playing a significant role in these efforts, and in most cases bring in skills and infrastructure assets that are critical for the delivery of both broadband connectivity, and new smart city applications and services. 

This US Ignite online Forum workshop, focused on where utilities and smart cities intersect, how utility infrastructure and services support smarter development, and what new types of partnerships are emerging across the smart city ecosystem. Speakers from communities and utility companies discussed new business models, leveraging shared organizational goals, and implementing new smart city projects at scale.




Lessons from Austin SHINES 

Speaker: Cameron Freberg, Utility Strategist at Austin Energy

Areas covered in this video:

  • Background on Austin SHINES, and Distributed Energy Resource Optimizer (DERO)
  • Partnerships
  • Lessons learned and key takeaways for other communities

AEP Ohio-Smart Columbus Vehicle Electrification

Speaker: Angela Rybalt, Energy Efficiency Coordinator at AEP Ohio

Areas covered in this video:

Community Broadband in Fort Collins

Speaker: Darin Atteberry, City Manager for Fort Collins, Colorado

Areas covered in this video:

  • Identifying the right broadband model for the community
  • Project impact today and plans for expansion
  • Lessons for the future

Best Practices for Utility Partnerships 

Speaker: Rebecca Hussey, Managing Counsel, Utility Relations, Crown Castle

Areas covered in this video:

  • Partnerships across communities, telecom companies, and power utilities
  • Infrastructure opportunities in connected communities

Municipal Partnerships

Speaker: Michael Fabbri, Vice President – Site and Solutions Services, CommScope

Areas covered in this video:

  • Emerging levels of municipal engagement
  • Infrastructure opportunities in connected communities

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The Forum program is supported by our corporate partners AT&T, Commscope, Deloitte, Ingram Micro, Juniper, Axis Communications, and Knight Foundation.

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