And the Intelligent City of the Year is…

The town of Riverside, Calif., has been named the world's Intelligent Community of the Year 2012.

The award, presented June 8 by the Intelligent Community Forum, is designed "to honor communities that have overcome challenges to set a global standard for the use of information and communications technology in building sustainable local prosperity and social inclusion in the 21st century," according to a press release from the ICF.

Riverside was being honored for its project to build a fiber network that offers free Wi-Fi connections throughout the city.

The project, which now offers wireless access at 1,600 access points, was the brainchild of Mayor Ronald Loveridge and a local community college dean.

Riverside also offers a digital inclusion program called Project Bridge that provides free computers, training in technology and software to all low-income families in the city. Project Bridge also makes use of the city's free wireless infrastructure.

Louis Zacharilla, ICF's co-founder, praised Riverside for its innovation. "You are an example of yet another community many left for dead, but which has fought all the way back, using its collective willpower and intelligence to prove, once again, that there is a great revival taking place among the world’s cities, towns and regions," he said.

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