Category Archives: NC-NGN

Raleigh, NC: Free Market Jujitsu vs Legislative Obstruction (BlogTalkRadio interview)

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. ”


Triangle universities, cities aim to create ultra-fast broadband network (WRALTechWire)

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.”


City wants ultra fast Internet access (Winston Salem Journal)

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.”


Gig.U’s course material fraught with opportunities, assumptions and big money (Triangle Business Journal)

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.”


Exclusive: Gig.U details for Triangle to be unveiled (Triangle Business Journal)

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.” ”


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.

See Town Council Site

See news releases from Town on council meeting

Summary by Terri Buckner, January 14. 2013