News and Observer ran a feature article. “In two years, citizens of the Triangle’s seven-county metro area might be able to download a movie faster, pitch telecommuting from home to their bosses or start a new business. The reason? The Raleigh-Durham area could have new ultra-high-speed bandwidth capabilities.”
FCC Chair Genachowski made a statement discouraging legislation limiting community owned networks. “Last Friday, FCC Chairman Genachowski issued a statement discouraging states from creating (or maintaining) barriers to community owned networks. This statement came just days after Georgia began considering a bill to limit local authority in deciding whether a network were a wise decision.”
“The Gig.U coalition of universities that is helping college towns in the US gain access to super-fast broadband is expanding its effort to bring gigabit speed broadband networks to more communities. ”
N&O posted a story about Cary approving joining the NCNGN RFP. “The Cary Town Council will consider Thursday whether to join in a quest to build an ultra-fast Internet network 10 to 100 times as fast as typical residential and business Internet service.
A “yes” vote would put Cary on board with governments and universities from Raleigh to Winston-Salem. Together, they hope to find a private partner who would build a “gigabit” network, in part by using existing fiber-optic lines, underground conduits and data centers.”
Erin Monda posted a great message in her blog for RTP about NCNGN. “We’re Switzerland. It’s a designation that came about from our very nature; RTP came out of a joint collaboration between universities, government and industry.
In most cases, we strive to honor our foundation by being neutral in nearly all matters of a political flavor.
But sometimes there are matters that we cannot help but champion. North Carolina’s Next Generation Network (NCNGN) is one such project.”
Nice article in the Triangle Chatter – blog about the Research Triangle Region. “We live in a world of acronyms and some are better than others. But you have to give credit to the minds that gave rise to the latest acronym to hit the Triangle: NCNGN. The brilliance is in the pronunciation: NC Engine – get it? Whether you spell it or pronounce it, NCNGN stands for one of the newest collaborations in the region – the North Carolina Next Generation Network.”
Statement from FCC Chair Genachowski congratulates NCNGN on moving forward with ultra-fast broadband. “The announcement by six North Carolina communities and four research universities move us forward, and I congratulate them on their important efforts.”
Good article in MIT Technology review covering status of ultra high speed bandwidth opportunities. “Other special circumstances favoring one-gigabit construction can be found around universities, which themselves have skin in the fast-Internet-access game. Universities supporting the Gig.U initiative want to make sure they stay attractive to students and researchers who might want to access data and computing resources, and competitive with other institutions around the world that have such speeds. Their efforts include a deal with a private company, Gigabit Squared, to deliver one-gigabit service in Seattle and Chicago in collaboration with local governments and universities. A similar effort is taking shape among several universities and communities in North Carolina.”
Another post on a conversation with Blair Levin by Triangle Business Journal. “See, Gig.U, if implemented, wouldn’t just bring fast internet and businesses interested in faster Internet to the Triangle — it would bring something the miser in all of us will appreciate — cheaper bills.”
“The Request for Proposal published Friday by the group seeking to bring a Google Fiber-like network to the Triangle and parts of the Triad lays out an impressive plan.” (WRAL Techwire subscription required)