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UH and 28 Universities Launch Gig.U Initiative

Posted on | August 5, 2011 | Comments Off

The University of Hawaiʻi is one of 29 universities and communities across the country that have launched Gig.U: The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project. Gig.U seeks to accelerate the deployment of ultra high-speed networks in the communities surrounding the nation’s leading research universities to drive economic growth and stimulate a new generation of innovations addressing critical needs, such as healthcare and education, that will in turn drive demand for higher speed networks to residences and businesses.

“America’s research universities must be a vital force in promoting innovation in our communities and for the nation” says President M.R.C. Greenwood. “This includes helping the U.S. regain global competitiveness in broadband, which has emerged as critical 21st-century infrastructure for improvement of the human condition through advances in education, healthcare, public safety, sustainability, civic engagement, entertainment and economic development.”

Universities already depend on high-speed networks to educate, collaborate and share large amounts of information instantaneously, and university research has fueled the growth of the global information economy. Yet today’s marketplace in the U.S. does not provide the nation with globally competitive services at affordable prices.

Gig.U’s mission is to create a favorable climate for next generation network test-beds in university communities and trigger a new generation of ultra high-speed networking offerings that can then extend further into states, regions and the nation.

“We are delighted to join with our colleagues to create Gig.U, a bold new initiative designed to help our communities and our country take a vital step forward through new public-private partnerships,” says David Lassner, UH’s VP for information technology and chief information officer, who also served as chair of the Hawaiʻi Broadband Task Force. “Hawaiʻi, along with most of the U.S., continues to lag the leading economies of the world in the availability of affordable high-speed broadband services.”

Read the news release.

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