Category Archives: General

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

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.”


Is Broadband Internet Access a Public Utility? (Time Magazine)

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 Agereleased 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.”

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City wants ultra fast Internet access (Winston-Salem Journal)

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 Town Council Approves RFP process

GIG-U/North Carolina Next Generation Network: The Council received an update on the GIG-U/North Carolina Next Generation Network initiative and authorized Town Manager Roger Stancil to continue to participate in the process as set for in a Request for Proposals. Under the banner of the national GIG-U initiative, four local universities and their surrounding communities including Chapel Hill have joined together to initiate the development of open access, ultra high speed (1 Gigabit) bandwidth at very low prices points to stimulate innovation, economic development and improved access and education. Several chief information officers from Triangle universities addressed the Council in support of the project, described as a “phenomenal collaboration” effort to bring high-speed Internet access.

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See news releases from Town on council meeting

Summary by Terri Buckner, January 14. 2013