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Google Fiber was supposed to be a shaming exercise. But any shame felt by the country’s big-name ISPs has yet to produce the sort of ultra-high-speed internet services we’ve all been hoping for.
In 2010, Google announced that it would bring a 1,000 megabit (1 gigabit) per second fiber internet service to one lucky American city. That’s one gigabit per second streaming across the wire — or about 10 times the speed you’re used to and more than three times the speed you’d get from Verizon’s existing 300 megabit per second fiber optic service, FiOS.
The search giant insisted it had no intention of becoming an internet service provider. It just wanted to encourage existing ISPs, including Verizon, to run higher speed lines across the country. But although Google Fiber has now arrived in Kansas City, Kansas, the big name ISPs aren’t exactly following suit.
Verizon has stalled the expansion of FiOS indefinitely, and other companies have been slow to invest in ultrafast broadband. Time Warner Cable is rolling out fiber to office building in New York City, and Comcast’s Xfinity Platinum service offers a 305 megabit cable service in some locations for $299.95, but that’s the extent of it.
The good news is that local communities are now trying to trying to find other ways to bring higher speed internet to their citizens at affordable rates. Chicago and Seattle, for example, have both announced partnerships with a new broadband provider called Gigabit Squared to bring fiber internet connections to residents.
Why are things moving so slowly? With communities eager for fiber internet, why aren’t the established broadband companies doing more to bring these services to more cities? The answer is, yes, money.
Verizon began offering fiber internet connections in some states back in 2005 and puts its investment in the network at $23 billion. But some have questioned this claim, and investors have been uneasy about this spending all along. The company confirmed earlier this year that it would not expand its service to other states or even roll out to additional neighborhoods.
“Competitors have been overbuilding, investors are wondering where the returns are,” says Mark Ansboury, president and co-founder of GigaBit Squared. “What you’re seeing is an entrenchment, companies leveraging what they already have in play.”
Karl Bode, an ISP industry watcher and author of a the blog DSL Reports, believes Verizon has had a change of heart. “I think ex-Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg was very bullish on fiber,” he says. “But after retirement, he was replaced by executives who wanted to focus more heavily on wireless, given the lower cost of deployment and the absolute killing that can be made charging users a significant amount per gigabyte.”
But he also blames the money men. “Investors in this country are simply too myopic to wait the required length of time to see adequate returns,” Bode says. “These services are certainly profitable, they’re just not profitable enough quickly enough for short-sighted investors.”
Verizon is neglecting not just FiOS, but all of its other fixed line services in favor of wireless services, according to Bode.
“I think both Verizon and AT&T have made the decision to hang up on any further fixed line broadband competition and are happily letting those users flee to cable,” he says. “Cable in turn will help them by directing their users to wireless services. We’ve effectively just seen the birth of a significantly less competitive broadband market where cable has a monopoly on fixed line broadband, and nobody appears to have noticed.”
Bode also notes that Verizon Wireless is not unionized, which means the company may also save on labor costs by emphasizing that part of the business. Neither Verizon or the Communications Workers of America union responded to our request for comment.
Going the Final Mile
The lack of motivation by larger broadband companies is an opportunity for Gigabit Squared. The goal in Seattle is to offer 1 gigabit connections for less than $100 a month.
“In other countries [broadband development] is driven by the government,” Ansboury says. “But here there’s no national drive, no national strategy. We’re a little bit more haphazard. We drive that technology deployment on the perceived need of the incumbent. We’ve seen more consolidation, more deregulation and a move towards wireless.”
The answer, he thinks, is in public/private partnerships, like the deals his company has reached with Seattle and Chicago.
Seattle is one of several cities left behind by the major broadband providers, but it happens to have excess fiber capacity. But according to The Seattle Times, few residents have been able to take advantage of it, though Spectrum Networks does offer service in the South Lake Union neighborhood.
The problem, Ansboury explains, is that the most expensive part of a fiber deployment is the what’s called the “last mile” service — bringing fiber from the big “backbone” connections to the customers’ homes and office buildings. Gibabit Squared will lease fiber capacity from the city and build much of the last mile infrastructure itself.
Broadpoint Amtech analyst Benjamin Schachter estimated in 2010 that Google’s Kansas City network could cost over $1 billion to build. But as GigaOM has reported, Google saves money on its deployments in various ways, such as piggybacking on existing power line infrastructure and building its own network gear.
But what might really be making the difference in Google Fiber’s deployment is its inventive to pay for the last mile service by encouraging people who want home service to get their neighbors to sign-up in advance, lowering the risk of deploying to a particular neighborhood. To encourage more people to participate, Google is offering free 5 megabit speed fiber connections for a one-time setup fee of $300, which will help cover the costs of the last mile service.
Can Wireless Save Us?
Fixed line fiber optic connections might not be our only hope for faster internet. Most commercial wireless networks max out at about 30 megabits per second, but Computers & Tele-Comm, Inc. (CTC) has been offering a 1 gigabit wireless service in Kansas City since before Google Fiber began its roll out. But the secret to getting and maintaining these speeds is keeping the user count low, according to a story on the GigaOM blog. CTC also does quite a bit of infrastructure optimization, but it only caters to small number of Kansas City business customers — not to the consumer market.
Meanwhile, the government experiment technology agency DARPA is trying to build connections that as fast as 100 gigabits per second over 200 kilometers. Although DARPA’s project is designed to bring high speed connections to battle fields, it’s not out of the question that the technology could find its way to commercial providers — assuming DARPA can actually pull it off.
But the issue with both CTC and DARPA’s project is how many simultaneous users it can support. But if the scale issues could be addressed, wireless offers an intriguing way to solve the last mile problem for fiber internet.
One of the big questions is whether any of this will actually do any economic good. Ansboury cites the example of the cities of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Lafayette, Louisiana, both of which have already initiated public/private partnership programs to bring fiber internet connections to their citizens.
Ansboury believes that the more important issue might be inaction. “Not having this infrastructure is why certain businesses haven’t moved in, or have left,” he says.
Meanwhile, the need for high bandwidth connections is increasing. Ansboury says Gigabit Squared is working with a senior care service that uses two-way high definition video streaming work to reduce costs of health care. By allowing seniors who have recently be discharged from a hospital to interact with their doctors from home instead of going into an office, they’re able to save time and money. But these sorts of applications are going to require far more bandwidth than is available today.
Plan begins with demonstration fiber project in 12 Seattle neighborhoods
SEATTLE (December 13, 2012) – Today Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced that the City of Seattle has reached an agreement with broadband developer Gigabit Squared to develop and operate an ultra high-speed fiber-to-the-home/fiber-to-the-business broadband network. The plan will begin with a demonstration fiber project in twelve Seattle neighborhoods and includes wireless methods to deploy services more quickly to other areas in the city. The initiative, leveraging the City of Seattle’s excess fiber capacity, the expertise of Gigabit Squared, and the community leadership of The University of Washington, aims to stimulate business opportunities, spur advancements in health care, education, and public safety, and enhance quality of life for the residents and businesses of Seattle.
“This is a very promising proposal that can help bring 21st century infrastructure to Seattle,” said McGinn. “I’ve heard from residents and businesses that Seattle needs better broadband service, and this agreement lays the groundwork for building that network. I’m excited to work with the University of Washington and Gigabit Squared to provide new Internet service choices.”
The City, the University and Gigabit Squared have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and a Letter of Intent that allows Gigabit Squared to begin raising the capital needed to conduct engineering work and to build out the demonstration fiber network. The project is the second city project announced by Gigabit Squared as part of its multi-million dollar Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program. Gigabit Squared will collaborate with the City of Seattle and the University of Washington to initiate a process for sharing information and soliciting input on the project from members of the affected communities.
“The UW, the City of Seattle and Gigabit Squared are working together to make Seattle the most wired and connected city in the nation and to continue its role as a major leader in the innovation economy of the 21st century,” said University of Washington President Michael Young. “This new level of high-speed connectivity will provide essential infrastructure to help us address some of our biggest problems in the areas of climate, the environment, education, energy, and transportation. It’s definitely a game-changer, and we are delighted to be one of the driving forces in making this a reality.”
The network, called Gigabit Seattle (www.gigabitseattle.com) includes three pieces: Fiber directly to the home and business in twelve demonstration neighborhoods, dedicated gigabit broadband wireless connections to multifamily housing and offices across Seattle, and next generation mobile wireless internet.
1) Fiber to the home and business: Gigabit Seattle plans to build out a fiber-to-the-home/fiber-to-the-business (FTTH/FTTB) network to more than 50,000 households and businesses in 12 demonstration neighborhoods, connected together with the excess capacity that Gigabit Seattle will lease from the City’s own fiber network. Gigabit Seattle’s technology intends to offer gigabit speeds that are up to 1,000 times faster than the typical high-speed connection.
The initial 12 neighborhoods include: Area 1: the University of Washington’s West Campus District, Area 2: South Lake Union, Area 3: First Hill/Capitol Hill/Central Area, Area 4: the University of Washington’s Metropolitan Tract in downtown Seattle, Area 5: the University of Washington’s Family Housing at Sand Point, Area 6: Northgate, Area 7: Volunteer Park Area, Area 8: Beacon Hill and SODO Light Rail Station and Areas 9-12: Mount Baker, Columbia City, Othello, and Rainier Beach.
2) Dedicated gigabit to multifamily housing and offices: To provide initial coverage beyond the 12 demonstration neighborhoods, Gigabit Seattle intends to build a dedicated gigabit broadband wireless umbrella to cover Seattle providing point-to-point radio access up to one gigabit per second. This will be achieved by placing fiber transmitters on top of 38 buildings across Seattle. These transmitters can beam fiber internet to multifamily housing and offices across Seattle, even those outside the twelve demonstration neighborhoods, as long as they are in a line of sight. Internet service would be delivered to individual units within a building through existing wiring. This wireless coverage can provide network and Internet services to customers that do not have immediate access to fiber in the city.
3) Next generation mobile wireless internet: Gigabit Seattle will provide next generation wireless cloud services in its 12 neighborhoods to provide customers with mobile access.
The fiber network, the gigabit dedicated wireless connections, and wireless cloud services neighborhoods will together provide broadband wired and wireless network and Internet services, giving Seattle customers new choices.
“Seattle and its spirit of entrepreneurship, community advancement, innovation and invention make it the ideal City for this exciting initiative,” said Mark Ansboury, president of Gigabit Squared. “Bringing the City of Seattle, the University of Washington, individual neighborhoods, as well as Gigabit Squared and our investors together, we’re able to do what none of us could do individually – build a platform for economic development and business creation.”
This is the first demonstration project of Gigabit Squared’s Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program (GNGP), which will bring other projects like this to promote gigabit network innovation in six selected university communities across the country. The $200 million broadband program was developed in partnership with The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project (Gig.U).
“This exciting public-private partnership serves as an example to communities all over the world of how universities and their local stakeholders can collaborate to drive economic opportunities by putting private investment to work alongside public capital,” said Blair Levin, Executive Director of Gig.U. “We’re thrilled to see our Gig.U member, University of Washington, at the center of this innovative initiative to help Seattle communities benefit from the advanced applications and services accelerating the meaningful use of this gigabit speed network. Congratulations to all involved in the Seattle Broadband Initiative in developing this world-class fiber network that will support not only today’s needs, but foster innovation and serve the research and community development needs of tomorrow.”
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Dave Gardy of Broadband US TV interviews Robert Jennings of Gigabit Squared as they run through 2012 highlights and what to look forward to in 2013.
by Matt Petronzio
Digitally connecting one person with another is powerful in itself, but connecting entire communities in the United States and around the world is truly transformative. Broadband, specifically, has the potential to give Internet users access to information that can inspire action, changing the way people learn, do business and help each other.
At the 2012 Social Good Summit in September, Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg spoke about the rapidly growing enterprise of broadband. “Today, [there are] 6.3 million mobile subscriptions in the world, 1 million broadband subscriptions in the world. That’s just going to blow the next five years. [By] 2017? 5 billion mobile broadband subscriptions,” he said.
With this kind of growth, organizations have been working with broadband to bring people together and spur progress. Here are three examples of the power and future of high-speed Internet.
1. Pushing Limits
Gigabit Squared (GB2) is a digital economic development corporation founded in 2010 to create community broadband networks through public and private partnerships in the United States. GB2 is determined to develop networks that serve as innovative platforms for economic growth and social advantages.
“We champion both what’s now and what’s possible,” says Mark Ansboury, president and founder of GB2. “Fully competitive broadband speeds should be in the gigabit per second range in both directions, hence the ‘squared’ in our name.”
A gigabit squared is equal to 1.80143985 × 1016 bytes2 — more data than any network can currently deliver. The team chose this name to reflect how it constantly pushes its members’ ideas. The website reads, “There shouldn’t be a limit to the imagination — because that’s where innovation stops.”
GB2’s principals and partners engage with universities and communities to develop broadband initiatives, including efforts in the cities of Miami, Cleveland, Chattanooga, Lafayette and Detroit.
One of GB2′s notable partnerships is with the University Community Next Generation Innovation Project, also known as Gig.U, which comprises over 30 leading U.S. research universities. The two organizations created the Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program, through which necessary funds will be made available to support approximately six select Gig.U member-sponsored projects. Gig.U universities and their communities can apply, and depending on the strength of applications, there may be more than six involved.
Gigabit Squared created the Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program to help these communities build and test gigabit speed broadband networks with speeds from 100 to 1000 times faster than what we currently have in the United States. The chosen communities will be announced between November 2012 and March 2013.
“Communities are selected based on a variety of criteria, but key among those is the ability to bring the community together and create a community partnership that will help ensure the success of these projects,” Ansboury says.
The hope for this program is that the communities and their local stakeholders will drive economic opportunities through the use of gigabit broadband networks.
Ansboury explains that there are many companies deploying fiber optic cable, but it’s necessary to use that fiber meaningfully.
“The optimal approach is to both upgrade the infrastructure with fiber and further enable the community through social connections, new and better services, more creativity and higher levels of global competitiveness,” he says.
GB2′s approach is to extend broadband to the underlying “social infrastructure” — health, education and public safety — in order to empower new services, systems and engaged members of the Gig.U communities.
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Gigabit Squared to Collaborate with State of Illinois, University of Chicago, and Local Communities to Build Gigabit-Speed Broadband Network
(October 16, 2012) Woodlawn, IL – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced today that Gigabit Squared is the recipient of an Illinois Gigabit Communities Challenge award. Illinois’ investment of $2 million will help support Gigabit Squared’s nationally renowned Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program (GNGP) to create jobs, improve neighborhood safety, enhance education and improve health care services. Gigabit Squared, the architects of next generation networks, will deploy gigabit fiber and wireless in Chicago’s Mid-South Side.
“Smart communities will foster the job engines of the future,” said Governor Quinn. “To win in the information economy, we need information infrastructure that is second to none. Through the Gigabit Communities Challenge, Illinois will build stronger, smarter communities with internet connections more than 100 times faster than they are today.”
The $2 million award from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will be the initial investment for the project. Additional funding includes a commitment from the University of Chicago to contribute $1 million and help bring in another $1 million from the Woodlawn community and other sources, and $5 million from Gigabit Squared’s Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program and its investors. Gigabit Squared will collaborate with the University to initiate a process for sharing information and soliciting input on the project from members of the affected communities.
The initiative’s first phase will bring world-class gigabit speed fiber to over 4,825 residents, businesses, schools, and healthcare institutions in the first phase will provide opportunities to innovate in the Chicago’s Mid-South neighborhoods. This access will create educational opportunities, streamline government, and foster small business growth. As the project advances, based on neighborhood participation and adoption, gigabit broadband access will be potentially available to as many as 210,000 residents who live in over 79,000 households as well as the 10,000 commercial businesses in the area.
“This public-private investment infrastructure will promote economic development and engender a smarter, safer, and digitally empowered community surrounding the University of Chicago,” said Mayor Emanuel. “I commend Gigabit Squared for its efforts on behalf of the neighborhood. This project is a great first step toward realizing the goal of the Chicago Broadband Challenge: an open, next-generation network for the entire city.”
“When we developed the Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program, it was exactly this type of neighborhood partnership we envisioned,” said Mark Ansboury, president of Gigabit Squared. “Bringing the University of Chicago, the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago and individual neighborhoods, as well as Cook County together, we’re able to do what none of us could do individually – build a platform for economic development and business creation on the Mid-South Side of Chicago.”
“Cook County is excited about the grant award for the Woodlawn Community.” Said Lydia Murray, CIO of Cook County. “Expanding broadband access to underserved County residents and institutions has been a priority for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s administration and we look forward to working with the Gigabit Squared organization in Woodlawn to connect our County Health Clinic with the fiber infrastructure being planned.”
During the next year, the Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program will bring fiber and wireless broadband capacity to the neighborhoods of Hyde Park, Kenwood, Woodlawn and Washington Park as well as serve community anchor institutions including schools, libraries and health care institutions. In addition, over the next four years South Shore, Greater Grand Crossing, Grand Boulevard, Douglas, and Oakland will be served initially by gigabit speed wireless. In addition to its initial $5 million investment, Gigabit Squared will develop additional infrastructure that provides citizens and businesses with Internet connectivity to create jobs through digital economic development, improve educational opportunities, improve health care, increase safety and implement smart energy solutions as the neighborhoods adopt the new program as their own.
Dr. Byron Brazier, Chairperson of the Network of Woodlawn, Inc. who will bring community resources to this project explains, “There is nothing more important for our neighborhood’s growth and vitality than the ability to compete and thrive in today’s global economy right here in Woodlawn. Our neighborhood business owners and entrepreneurs – as well as students and their families – are looking for chances to grow and expand their businesses and educational opportunities. This initiative helps bring and create small businesses, opportunities and jobs to make Woodlawn a destination community of choice.”
The University of Chicago has been key to developing the vision for this project. Last year, the University joined nearly 30 other research institutions around the country in committing to help bring ultra-high-speed connectivity to their respective campuses and surrounding neighborhoods to support innovation in critical areas such health care. Among other things, this project will bring gigabit connectivity to the four South Side campuses of the University of Chicago Charter School and to several area clinics and Mid-South Side commercial corridors.
“High-speed Internet infrastructure is an important foundation for innovation, research, economic growth, and job creation,” said Robert J. Zimmer, President of the University of Chicago. “We intend our investment in the first phase of the project to serve as a catalyst for future efforts to build out the broadband network, furthering economic growth for the development of vibrant, healthy, and safe communities across the mid-South Side.”
This is the first demonstration project of Gigabit Squared’s Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program (GNGP), which will bring other projects like this to promote gigabit network innovation in six (6) selected University Communities across the country. The $200 million broadband program was developed in partnership with The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project (Gig.U).
“This project will be an example to communities all over the world of how Universities and their local stakeholders can collaborate to drive economic opportunities by putting private investment to work alongside public capital,” said Blair Levin, Executive Director of Gig.U. “We’re thrilled to see our Gig.U member, University of Chicago, at the center of this innovative initiative to help Mid-South Chicago communities benefit from the advanced applications and services accelerating the meaningful use of this gigabit speed network. Congratulations to the Governor, the University, and Gigabit Squared on the formation of this public/private partnership to support not only today’s needs, but the research and community development needs of tomorrow.”
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said, “In today’s fast-moving and globally competitive economy, our challenge is to ensure the U.S. has a strategic bandwidth advantage. Realizing the need for speed is important for driving next-generation innovation. Today’s partnership among the State of Illinois, the University of Chicago, and Gigabit Squared will bring new levels of connectivity to Chicago communities. It’s exactly the kind of initiative we need to ensure that the U.S. can win the global bandwidth race.”
About Gigabit Squared
Gigabit Squared is a digital economic development corporation specializing in the planning, implementation and roll-out of IT-enabled infrastructure. We help communities and network providers across the globe develop, capitalize, implement and leverage sustainable infrastructure investments for civic and economic transformation. Public-private partnerships (P3), collaboration and co-investment in large-scale infrastructure programs drive remarkable results and financial returns. The Gigabit Squared team has been responsible for developing and acquiring large-scale infrastructure projects through government, quasi-government, private, and non-profit sources. Visit us online to learn more at www.gigabitsquared.com.
GB2 Recognized Along with the Top Fiber-To-The-Home Organizations
Gigabit Squared, LLC (GB2) was selected as a top fiber-to-the-home organization in Broadband Communities’ annual top 100 list. GB2 has been featured in the magazine’s July publication as an organization that exemplifies the magazines goal of “Building a Fiber-Connected World.”
Company Vice President, Bob Jennings was honored by the selection and excited to continue with the company’s plans for digital economic development, stating “Gigabit Squared is pleased to be included in the Broadband Communities 2012 Top 100 Fiber-to-the-Home list. This selection recognizes our commitment to helping communities and universities thrive with gigabit speed broadband in the 21st-century economy.”
This is the first time Gigabit Squared has been selected to the FTTH Top 100 and was mentioned alongside fellow newcomers Gig.U and the Baller Herbst Law Group, both of which have worked closely with GB2.
The organizations selected into the FTTH Top 100 had to be advancing the cause of fiber-based broadband by:
- Deploying large FTTH networks, have innovative business plans or are intended to transform local economies/improve communities’ quality of life
- Supplying key hardware, software or services to deployers
- Introducing innovative technologies that have game-changing potential, even if they have not yet been commercially deployed
- Providing key conditions for fiber builds, such as early-stage support or demand aggregation.
Gigabit Squared was selected by BBC magazine for surpassing these qualifications through Gigabit Squared’s holistic approach that “creates and nurtures balanced, sustainable digital ecosystems in which all partners have stakes – and share the potential to grow together.
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Barrett Albrecht and Chaz Jennings to serve as the first class of interns
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gigabit Squared, LLC (GB2) announced today its commitment to an exciting internship program designed to provide college students with real-world experience and insights into the complexities of municipal broadband. Interns will support marketing, research, and finance efforts. The first class of interns includes Barrett Albrecht and Chaz Jennings.
Albrecht will work directly with Gigabit Squared’s finance and development team led by CFO Rich Caserta and Jennings with GB2’s communications and marketing team led by Rich Kittle, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Doug Adams of The Think Agency (GB2’s marketing arm).
Albrecht is a second year student at Xavier University’s Williams College of Business, majoring in finance. Albrecht brings prior work experience from Proforma Albrecht & Company and the Cincinnati law firm Cors & Bassett, LLC.
Jennings attends The Ohio State University and is a fourth year majoring in strategic communication with a minor in linguistics. Jennings also works at The Ohio State University Office of Student Life’s Facility Management and Logistics as a student assistant.
Albrecht and Jennings will be working under the guidance of GB2’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Community Engagement, Melanie Moody.
“We’re thrilled to have these two extremely bright young men join us for the next several months,” said Moody. “We’re equipping them with the knowledge to be our industry’s leaders of tomorrow.”
Gigabit Squared asked to develop a strategy to aid struggling network reach sustainability.
(June 11, 2012) Monticello, MN – In a unanimous (6-0) vote tonight, the City of Monticello voted to turn to Gigabit Squared to turn around its struggling municipal network, FiberNet Monticello.
FiberNet provides “triple play” (high speed Internet, TV, and phone) services to the Monticello market, competing with private companies. Gigabit Squared takes control of the laboring network after the FiberNet incumbent withdrew its operation after two unsuccessful years.
The shift in control of the network will be marked with a 90-day discovery designed to find partnership opportunities that leverage the network and its potential for long-term sustainability. Centered on these efforts will be uncovering the demand for additional services not currently offered and aggregating that demand.
“We’ll be spending the next 90 days examining the network, performing surveys and market analysis, examining all services and aspects of the operation and competition, explains Gigabit Squared’s president, Mark Ansboury. “We’ll be rebuilding the business model, using best practices and learnings our team has gained from building and operating successful, sustainable networks across the Country.”
“Their level of broadband service and understanding of the broadband technology and potential for development is nationally known, and they have quite a set of credentials,” said City Administrator Jeff O’Neill. “We think they come well recommended, and I think we’re in a spot where it’s an opportune time to take advantage of this situation to move forward and address a problem that’s quite immediate.”
Expanding on the possible untapped potential for FiberNet, Bryan J. Rader, CEO of Bandwidth Consulting LLC and Gigabit Squared team member explains, “We believe there are tremendous opportunities to deliver a value-add product to the MDU industry in and around Monticello, Minnesota. Our infrastructure gives us great potential to give local apartment communities and other multi-family properties with advanced services, customized options, and exciting fiber-rich applications that will help their business, and improve their competitiveness.”
After the initial 90-day discovery period, the City will have the option of retaining Gigabit Squared to manage FiberNet for another 90 days or beyond.
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The day after the GNGP announcement, Mark Ansboury sat down with industry blogger Craig Settles to discus the program in this hour-long program.
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I couldn’t be more thrilled about the culmination of not only Gig.U’s vision, but of Gigabit Squared’s unique approach to broadband initiatives as well. Our team has had a hand in the transformative power of broadband in dozens of communities, including Miami, Cleveland, Chattanooga, Lafayette and Detroit. And the most successful programs invariably always have strong University leadership behind them.
Why are Universities the most appropriate to be at the heart of these initiatives? Universities have been a strong advocate for broadband and bandwidth growth, but unfortunately, until Gig.U came along, communities across the globe were doing a much better job fostering broadband initiatives within their communities than were many communities in the US.
Gig.U realizes that it’s not only the job of our Universities to make sure our workforce is competitive – but that they have the infrastructure and platform to perform, innovate, and compete.
To do this, to make community broadband networks thrive as sustainable entities, requires a new business model. It requires a departure from the typical business model that merely looks at filling current demand and changing focus to what’s needed in the future.
Developing a gigabit network is not about catering to a few outliers using advanced applications now… it’s about serving the mainstream of tomorrow, and thereby leverage what’s next.
The Gigabit Squared business model focuses on making building a gigabit network economically feasible today by aggregating demand. By bringing the demands of the University, students, businesses, nonprofits, governments and residents together, we’re able to leverage resources to achieve together what we could not individually. In short, we’re building public-private partnerships with a Gig.U University working with Gigabit Squared at the center of these initiatives.
And by creating these regional gigabit networks, these robust networks will serve as a platform for innovation, creativity, and competitiveness. And they’ll do so by enabling those directly served, and by being a model that others can emulate. Other educational institutions, other communities, and other technology providers.
So today we’re here to announce the Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program which makes available $200 million dollars in investment capital for up to 6 projects across the United States, led by Gigabit Squared and a Gig.U University. The RFP is now available to Gig.U members at both gigabitsquared.com and gig-u.org.
It’s the Nation’s first multi-community broadband gigabit deployment, creating networks with speeds from 100 to 1000 times faster than what Americans have today. The Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program will offer communities services at a competitive price for innovative projects that range from small neighborhoods of 5,000 to 10,000 and up to 100,000 people.
At the center of the Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program is the idea that communities and their local stakeholders can drive economic opportunities through private investments that leverage public capital that will accelerate the deployment and utilization of gigabit speed networks. And it’s all done without taxpayer money.
The Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program will create demonstration projects in Gig.U communities that will serve as a model for maximizing the impacts of regional broadband networks. Each will feature “open” architecture networks to create long-term value and growth for the Gig.U University and community partners.
The Stimulus Funding was a great jumpstart to get broadband initiatives on track in the U.S. But it is just a starting point. In order to realize true economic revitalization, we’re urging our national and community leaders to think and act in more creative ways. And we’re backing those efforts with significant investment of our own.
The potential within a strand of fiber is technically unlimited. The potential in our communities is unlimited as well.