Waterloo wins Intelligent Community of the Year

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Last Friday at the Building the Broadband Economy conference in New York, RIM’s hometown of Waterloo, Ontario got top marks for being well-wired, thanks in no small part to RIM.

“In Waterloo, 75% of adults use the Internet, while 76% of businesses and 47% of households are on broadband. … It introduced the award-winning Waterloo Information Network in 1998, and offers a wide range of online services to better connect government and its stakeholders. They are active in CAP, the national program that places Internet access terminals in public locations.”

Jim Balsillie heads up a little local initiative called Intelligent Waterloo, which aims to foster and support innovation in the city. Way to go Jim, keep those brains in Canada.