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15 U.S. states join together for Smart Gigabit Communities initiative

Fifteen communities have joined together as part of a US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities initiative. The goal is to create a national network of Smart Gigabit Communities that will leverage next-generation Internet and Smart City technologies to keep pace with rapidly changing technology and economic conditions.

US Ignite is providing the 15 participating communities with relevant information, education and resources for funding and deployment in order to help realize the new program’s goals. With US Ignite’s help, each community is to develop two gigabit network applications or public services that address community needs and issues and share them among Smart Gigabit Communities members.

Smart Gigabit Communities participating in US Ignite’s new program include:

  • Burlington, VT.
  • Chattanooga and Jackson, TN.
  • Cleveland, OH.
  • Flint, MI.
  • Kansas City, KS and MO.
  • Madison, WI.
  • North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN.
  • Richardson, TX.
  • Utah Wasatch Front cities including Salt Lake City and Provo, UT.
  • Lafayette, LA.
  • Urbana-Champaign, IL.
  • Austin, TX.

US Ignite staff will assist the communities in deploying ultra-fast, low-latency networks with ‘locovore’ – local or edge cloud computing and storage – capabilities. US Ignite expects the gigabit network applications and public services to be ¨highly interactive¨ and ¨visually immersive¨ and capable of providing experiences not possible on today’s commercial Internet.

“This program is a pivotal moment for Smart Community application development,” US Ignite co-founder and CTO Glenn Ricart was quoted in a news release. “The benefits of each community’s program will be amplified by this network of Smart Gigabit Communities.

The program, Ricart added, is an example of ¨innovation in a 15-community consortium where each community’s contribution is multiplied by 15! We look forward to working with each team in each community on their exciting projects.”

Who Is US Ignite?

By engaging diverse public and private leaders, they “ignite” the development and deployment of new apps with profound impact on how Americans work, live, learn and play. Their organization is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with original inspiration from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation, and their experienced team is responsible for convening US Ignite partners in industry, academia and government to identify and share best practices and resources.

US Ignite helps maintain US global leadership in innovation by leveraging the combined resources and capabilities of industry, government, and academia. To bring these apps to life, developers leverage the unique capabilities of next-generation networks, including: 100 Mbps+ and low latency, permitting for example, multiple bi-directional streams of uncompressed video. Software-defined networks (e.g.,OpenFlow), promising dramatically-improved control over network routing and optimization. Networks with capabilities such as virtual network “slices” matched to application requirements and distributed programmable resources throughout the network. Integrated wireless networks to facilitate, for example, sensor networks and continuous remote monitoring. Applications built to be open, shared, and extendable. - See more at: https://www.us-ignite.org/about/technologies/#sthash.UL7o7xI6.dpuf