When many of us first logged onto the Internet, having a megabit connection seemed impossible. Today, network speeds a thousand times faster are both possible and affordable and broadband networks drive productivity and economic growth.
In January, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the Gigabit City Challenge to have at least one gigabit network in all 50 states by 2015. Currently, there are 13 gigabit city networks in various phases of operation, allowing innovators to develop next-generation applications.
How are they using these networks? How will businesses, governments, and schools leverage them to increase job growth, innovation and productivity? What will it take for these local projects to grow and meet the challenge?
Blair Levin will describe the work of the Gig.U Project, its efforts to change the economics of broadband deployment, and how more bandwidth can enable more jobs and economic growth. Craig Settles, author of Building the Gigabit City and the host of the popular radio program Gigabit Nation will talk about business strategies for putting Gigabit networks into place, as well as policy issues that affect community broadband.