Editorial: Broadband barrier

The Gainesville Sun | June 18, 2012


It is encouraging news that GRUCom and the University of Florida are teaming up to provide ultahigh-speed broadband service to UF’s Innovation Square and its surrounding Innovation District.

For all of Gainesville’s potential to capitalize on the knowledge economy, the limitations of broadband service here provide a very real barrier that will require considerable public and private investment and collaboration to overcome.

Granted, it is a barrier faced by many American cities. A study by Cisco ranks the U.S. just 15th of 72 nations in terms of broadband quality and availability.

The so-called Gig.U initiative is aimed at increasing broadband service in university communities like ours. And in that regard, the GRUCom/UF broadband initiative is a good start.

As a recent Sun article made clear, Gainesville’s start-up ambitions are by no means confined to the Innovation District.

Numerous high-tech companies are already up and running in the downtown area. And the city’s hopes of developing its adjacent Power District into an incubator for still more startups got a big boost recently when Prioria Robotics — having outgrown its downtown offices — agreed to move in.

Gainesville’s innovation economy already ranges beyond Innovation Square. If Gainesville is to prosper, ultra fast and reliable broadband must follow where innovation leads.


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