Wired Wellington: The Info City Project and the City Link Network Case Solution
This Case is aboutÂ IT
PUBLICATION DATE: May 27, 1996
The overarching job was called Info City. Information City really consisted of a set of sub-projects, each focusing on an alternative manner where the city could encourage and nurture the use of information technology to help move toward the “2020 Vision.” Among the sub-jobs was called City Link.Â A firm had lately been formed to bring together several parties interested in improving the job. A telecommunications structure was being developed, and strategies for stringing cable were introduced.Â While the project’s winner, Richard Naylor, was not certain just how the cable would be used by the city’s companies, he was assured that once the infrastructure was in place, thoughts for its usage would easily emerge. This case provides a setting for investigating the problem of cities “competing,” much as do businesses, and the manners in which IT can be used in the contest. Additionally, it raises intriguing social policy questions about who should pay for this kind of endeavor, who should gain, etc.