Groups to Bring Gigabit Connectivity to Six U.S. Markets
Blair Levin's University-Centric Approach to Ramping up Connectivity
An Ohio startup named Gigabit Squared, in conjunction with Gig U (a consortium of 30 research universities across the country) this week announced
that they've launched a new program dedicated to bringing gigabit broadband speeds to six communities across the country. Through a new initiative dubbed The Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program, the groups have secured $200 Million in funding to help improve the connected fortunes of six U.S. communities.
Those six communities are likely be university areas, as both Michigan State and the University of Maine have already been building such networks with the help fo Gig U.
"What makes the Gigabit Squared approach so exciting is that it goes far beyond normal industry business models in how to successfully and creatively improve broadband access speeds for university communities, which is exactly the premise upon which Gig.U was founded," said Blair Levin, Executive Director of Gig.U. "We intuitively knew this, but to see Gigabit Squared emerge so strongly today proves that yes, America needs an upgrade; and that yes, there are innovators and investors willing to step up to get it done."
Levin was the man behind the U.S. broadband plan, which we've criticized for years
as being a show-pony-half-effort that utterly failed to address the nation's biggest broadband problem: a lack of serious competition. Levin's focus since has been to use stimulus funding to help improve university areas. In Maine, for example, stimulus funding and help from the University of Maine and Great Works Internet is helping to bring 1 Gbps connectivity
to a market where the private sector has largely failed -- consisting primarily of economically-shaky Fairpoint Communications.
What if you're in a market that has no competition and no university to act as a connectivity launching pad? Good question.
Re: Easy with free money
said by me1212:The reason the universities is because they have the middle mile network in many states. Combine that with the fact that they just have to pay a connector fee to get peering on Internet 2 TR-CPS.
Whats with the focus on universities? Why not other areas where people actually live in more permanent state?
Eg. Middle mile network. »www.maineren.net/
Santa Monica, CA
| |said by 45612019:"Free" compulsory education is required by the courts, the military is mandated by the Constitution.
I don't want to pay for schools or the military but I have to anyway.
They'll have to suck it up because they don't know what's good for them. FTTH is a vital piece of infrastructure for the modern world.
FTTH, I'm afraid, isn't on the list, and it isn't a "Vital piece of infrastructure for the modern world."
Oh sure, its nice to have. And I'm among the minority that are willing to pay the necessary premium for it - i.e. $5K install and $100+/month, but the majority isn't anywhere near as willing, and they certainly aren't going to be told to subsidize you.
The market *will* eventually grind these costs down substantially, where passes get below $1K and monthlies can get below $50, but rural folks aren't willing to pay even that.
As for being told to "suck it up", I don't think that's going to go over very well. Better to use the Jack Tramiel angle, and make the folks feel guilty that somehow, some way, little Johnny won't graduate preschool if he can't stream Netflix.