Many US communities are working on similar projects. In fall 2012, both Chicago and Seattle announced public-private-university broadband/fiber-optic partnerships similar to that proposed by our communities. Today these partnerships offer a much-desired upgrade to our broadband service; tomorrow, they’ll be essential if we are to attract jobs, new residents and investment.
Of course, there is also Google’s project in Kansas City.
Right here in North Carolina, Person County has a similar RFP to promote broadband for underserved areas.