Duke, Penn State Among Group Pushing to Fund Faster Internet


By Ryan Mac

July 27, 2011


A group of 29 U.S. colleges including Penn State University and Duke University called for private investment to help fund a new generation of high-speed Internet in communities surrounding their schools.

“Gig.U: The University Community Next Generation Project” was started today to encourage the creation of broadband networks that may be “400 to 600 times faster” than existing Internet service, Lev Gonick, chief information officer at Case Western Reserve Universityin Cleveland, said in an interview.

The group, which plans to solicit telecommunications providers for ideas within 90 days, is trying to create a technology environment that will attract start-up companies and bolster local economies. With faster networks, there is potential for “next generation innovation” that may bring economic growth, said Gig.U Executive Director Blair Levin, who crafted a government initiative to expand U.S. broadband access while he worked at the Federal Communications Commission.


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