Category Archives: News Articles

Articles in the press about NCNGN

Why Gig.U matters: Who doesn’t want faster Internet speed? (TBJ) – Feb. 4, 2013

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.”

Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/blog/2013/02/why-gigu-matters-who-doesnt-want.html

The real Gigabit Challenge is getting ISPs to think like tech firms (Gigaom) – Feb. 3, 2013

Article in Gigaom about NCNGN RFP release and discussing the need for ISP to compete for creating faster broadband.  “On Friday six cities in North Carolina issued a request for proposal for gigabit connections at a reasonable costs for businesses and residents. The cities have been talking up their efforts which would include new investment from a company, as well as the opportunity to lease the cities’ dark fiber. Just like SeattleChicago, Chattanooga and Bristol Tenn., and Kansas City, these North Carolina municipalities are taking their broadband future into their own hands.”

Link: http://gigaom.com/2013/02/03/the-real-gigabit-challenge-is-getting-isps-to-think-like-tech-firms/

First steps taken to build gigabit network in North Carolina (CNET) – Feb. 1, 2013

Article in CNET about the NCNGN effort and connection to GigU “There is no question that communities throughout the country want cutting-edge broadband service to give their cities and towns an edge both domestically as well as internationally. Policy makers in state houses as well as in Washington, D.C., agree that building next-generation broadband networks will help boost economic development.”

Link: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57567229-93/first-steps-taken-to-build-gigabit-network-in-north-carolina/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=t.co

Triangle group kicks off effort to build ultrafast network (WRAL Techwire) – Feb. 1, 2013

WRAL Techwire posted another article about the RFP release. “As promised, on Feb. 1 the Triangle J Council of Governments in association with a consortium called the NC Next Generation Networks issued a request for proposal document that seeks private sector service providers who are interested in building a “next generation” communications network across the Triangle as well as Winston-Salem.”

Link: http://wraltechwire.com/triangle-universities-cities-aim-to-create-ultra-fast-broadband-network/12053399/

RFP spells out five major goals for ultrafast network (WRALTechwire)

New article about the RFP release in the WRAL Techwire posted February 1, 2013

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“A lightning-fast network that encourages competition, drives economic development, and expands broadband access to more areas is now open for discussion for the Triangle as well as parts of the Triad.

In a request for proposal published Friday, the North Carolina Next Generation Network consortium and the Triangle J Council of Governments spell out five goals a new network would need to reach.”

Link: http://wraltechwire.com/rfp-spells-out-five-major-goals-for-ulfrafast-network/12053825/

Gig.U begins search for builder of ‘super Internet’ (TBJ)

New post in the Triangle Business Journal about the release of the RFP, February 1, 2013

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“Gig.U took another step Friday in bringing the same kind of high tech broadband that Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is rolling out in Kansas City.

The nationwide initiative is making its first regional push in the Triangle – and, today, it released a request for proposals (RFP)to get the ball rolling.”

Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/blog/2013/02/gigu-begins-search-for-builder-of.html

GRASPING THE ESSENCE OF GigU in the TRIANGLE (TBJ)

Short article in the Triangle Business Journal about Blair Levin’s visit, posted February 1, 2013

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“For a while, Gig.U President Blair Levin sounded like a technology preacher. “If you stay still, you actually will fall behind,”  he said, referring to the need and demand for more bandwidth in every community.”

Link: http://pages.cdn.pagesuite.com/3/f/3f512ca3-56f3-4854-b66f-ea191861c7b1/page.pdf

 

Faster, Sooner: Why The U.S. Needs ‘Gigabit Communities’ (Forbes)

Guest column in Forbes by FCC chair Julius Genachowski posted January 18, 2013

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“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.”

Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ciocentral/2013/01/18/faster-sooner-why-the-u-s-needs-gigabit-communities/