Gig.U Releases RFI, Adds New Members
Today, Gig.U releases a Request for Information (RFI) seeking creative strategies for our members to work with the private sector to achieve their goals for ultra-high speed broadband. This step is the result of extensive collaboration between the 37 university and community pairs that make up the membership of Gig.U. Our challenge was to develop a document that is flexible enough to accommodate the differences amongst the membership and encourage creativity, but specific enough to capture the genuine interest and commitment of our members to getting these networks and services to their communities. We think we’ve accomplished that goal.
The release of the RFI is just the next step in the journey to expand the availability of ultra high-speed networks and services–it seeks input from all stakeholders who can play a role in bringing these networks and services to our member communities with final responses due to Gig.U on November 9, 2011. Respondents and Gig.U members will also have an opportunity to learn more about the RFI process and engage in a dialogue with university and community members during Gig.U’s RFI workshop on September 26th at the University of Chicago.
Now the next phase of work begins work begins: the process of building these relationships, collaborating on creative solutions to bring the transformative power of next generation networks and services to university communities throughout the country is just beginning.
The press release announcing the RFI and new members can be found below.