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.”
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.”
New article about the RFP release in the WRAL Techwire posted February 1, 2013
“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.”
Statement of Blair Levin, Executive Director of Gig.U
Today, six North Carolina communities, joining with four research universities, have issued a Request for Proposals to build the “North Carolina Next Generation Network” (NC NGN). The initiative is designed to support educational and economic development by accelerating the deployment of ultra high-speed internet access.
On behalf of all the members of Gig.U, I want to congratulate our colleagues for their outstanding efforts. As a number of high profile thought leaders have recently noted, the United States needs to step up our efforts in the global bandwidth race. FCC Chairman Genachowski has challenged communities across the country to take steps to catalyze an upgrade to world-leading networks, a challenge we welcome. As we’ve seen with Gig.U and elsewhere, communities are willing partners in these endeavors, working to create favorable environments for potential investments.
The NC NGN is the first regional effort to grow out of the Gig.U initiative. It builds on lessons learned from Gig.U and other related projects, offering potential providers both access to inputs that help lower deployment costs and the scale necessary for economic success. It is an open process, offering incumbents, new entrants, and creative partnerships an opportunity to bring world-leading networks to an area known for its world-leading research capabilities. We hope that just as these communities have stepped up to meet the Chairman’s challenge, now the providers will also step up to the challenge and work with these communities to provide our country a strategic bandwidth advantage.
NC NGN has the potential to be a tremendous engine for the North Carolina economy in the 21st Century, just as the Research Triangle Park was for the latter half of the 20th Century. This effort is a testament to the tremendous vision, leadership skills, and hard work of so many in the communities and universities in the region.
New post in the Triangle Business Journal about the release of the RFP, February 1, 2013
“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.”
Raleigh City Council approved participation in the RFP at the January 15, 2013. See the announcement on the City or Raleigh website.
The Winston-Salem City Council approved a Resolution authorizing participation in NCNGN and the RFP at the January 22 city council meeting,
Once posted, the minutes can be found at the council website.
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 news releases from Town on council meeting
Summary by Terri Buckner, January 14. 2013