Blair Levin’s project connects college towns

By Kim Hart


July 27, 2011


Blair Levin, who led the writing of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, has come up with a new idea to spur the spread of high-speed Internet: Get college towns involved.

On Wednesday, Levin is launching Gig.U, a project aiming to facilitate partnerships between university communities and broadband service providers.

The idea goes like this: Communities that house universities will submit information about their Internet infrastructure needs, population details and innovation opportunities. Gig.U will then inform broadband providers and equipment makers of the communities’ needs in an effort to facilitate business deals. Companies such as Google, Comcast or A&T would then compete to build networks in those towns.


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