Quote: “A consortium of universities and municipalities are working to bring ultrafast Internet access to central North Carolina. North Carolina State, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Duke will submit a request for proposals Friday to Internet providers.”
Guest column in Forbes by FCC chair Julius Genachowski posted January 18, 2013
“Making sure the U.S. has super-fast, high-capacity, ubiquitous broadband networks delivering speeds measured in gigabits, not megabits isn’t just a matter of consumer convenience, as important as that is. It’s essential to economic growth, job creation and U.S. competitiveness.”
Blog Talk Radio interview with Gail Roper (Raleigh CIO) on the NCNGN (GigU) efforts. Posted Jan 29, 2013.
“Raleigh CIO Gail Roper offers communities everywhere tips to counter anti-competition state laws and incumbent shenanigans. Raleigh and nearby cities are leveraging existing fiber, stakeholder demand and Gig.U partners to secure private providers that will give communities gig services at affordable prices. ”
Article in WRAL TechWire about the NCNGN initiative to bring Ultra High Speed Bandwidth to the area. Published Jan 28, 2013
“Research Triangle Park, N.C. – A consortium of universities and municipalities representing the Triangle and Winston-Salem will publish a request for proposals on Friday that could lead to a project similar to Google Fiber to North Carolina.
Blair Levin, a former FCC chief of staff who was a lawyer for a decade in North Carolina, and the national organization he leads, Gig.U., is supporting the effort.”
Article in Winston Salem Journal covering the participation of Winston Salem and Wake Forest University & WFUBMC in the NCNGN initiative. Published January 19, 2013
“Imagine being able to download a high-definition movie in less than a minute, or doing video and audio editing from your laptop.
Those are among the potential benefits – possibly as early as mid-2014 – of Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem hitching a ride on what is being billed as the fastest lane yet on the information superhighway.”
Article in Triangle Business Journal about Blair Levin’s visit to the triangle. Blair is the Executive Director of Gig.U – the national organization promoting Ultra high speed bandwidth in university communities.
“If you stay still, you actually will fall behind,” he said referring to the need and demand for more bandwidth in every community. Levin was meeting with a few reporters at MCNC in RTP on Monday.”
Time posted an article about the new book “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly in the New Guilded Age” by Susan Crawford about need for ultra high speed bandwidth in the US. (Jan 9, 2013)
“Should broadband Internet service be treated as a basic utility in the United States, like electricity, water, and traditional telephone service? That’s the question at the heart of an important and provocative new book by Susan Crawford, a tech policy expert and professor at Cardozo Law School. In Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly in the New Guilded Age, released Tuesday by Yale University Press, Crawford argues that the Internet has replaced traditional phone service as the most essential communications utility in the country, and is now as important as electricity was 100 years ago.”
Triangle Business Journal posted an article about the upcoming RFP on January 25, 2013.
“Three Triangle universities, Duke, North Carolina State and UNC-Chapel Hill, are among 29 American universities trying to build ultra-high-speed computer networks in their neighboring communities, and Page can help them do it, says Marc Hoit, chief information officer for NCSU.
“We would love for Google to participate and submit a proposal,” he says. “But there are other companies.” ”
Article posted in the Winston-Salem Journal on January 19, 2013
“Wake Forest, along with Duke University, N.C. State University and UNC Chapel Hill, are establishing the N.C. Next Generation Network (NC NGN) as part of the GiG.U initiative involving 37 universities nationwide. The initiative has drawn more than $200 million in private investment funding.”
Chapel Hill Magazine published an article on the approval of participating in the RFP on Jan 24, 2013
“Both Chapel Hill and Carrboro moved forward with their plans last week to seek proposals from telecom vendors who would use the towns’ own dark fiber to create and operate a gigabyte-speed Internet network for the area.”