The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project officially launched on July 27, 2011 with a membership comprised of 37 research universities and their supporting communities. We anticipate our membership will expand even further over the days and weeks ahead.

Please use the map below to see where our members are located, and then read what some of them say about their reasons for joining Gig.U:

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We must take action to assure that our communities have access to the most advanced communications networks. We need to create a platform for high-performance collaboration between universities, as well as with others, such as our national labs, as our work increasingly is being done in multiple locations.

-Michael M. Crow, President, Arizona State University

“… what we don’t know is how many great ideas and revolutionary products wait to see the light of day while network bandwidth and computer resources play catch up.

It is for this reason that the City of Tempe is partnering with Arizona State University and other leading research universities intent on accelerating the deployment of ultra-high speed data networks. On behalf of the City, I want to offer my fullest support of this effort. We encourage other research communities to join us to do the same. Separately we can make the world a better place – but together, we will.

-Hugh Hallman, Mayor of Tempe, Arizona

“Access to reliable and consistent high-performance computing is increasingly important at a research university. Enabling high-speed access to advanced computing resources enables Arizona State University to expand research in a broad variety of disciplines including the life sciences, aerospace, sustainability and national security. As a member of Gig.U, ASU continues to power transformational discoveries and practical innovations that solve problems affecting our community, the region and our nation.”

- Gordon Wishon, ASU Chief Information Officer


Case Western Reserve

“Gig.U members came together to address our unique connectivity gap. We intimately understand that for American research institutions to continue to provide leadership in areas important to U.S. competitiveness, we have to act to improve the market opportunity for upgrading the networks in our university communities.  We believe a small amount of investment can yield big returns for the American economy and our society.”

- Lev Gonick, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Technology Services


Colorado State University; City of Fort Collins, Colorado

“Colorado State University has been at the forefront in pursuing bold, entrepreneurial partnerships to advance technological access on campus and off. In recent years, we’ve collaborated to create a distance-learning network for eastern Colorado’s rural schools and to pioneer new, affordable business systems for higher education nationwide. Our participation in Gig. U. is a logical next step that will significantly benefit our campus and the surrounding region—economically and technologically—while also advancing U.S. competitiveness and innovation.”

- Tony Frank, President, Colorado State University

“The City of Fort Collins, Colorado State University, and Platte River Power Authority have a long history of working together for the betterment of our community. We’re proud to be a part of this initiative that advocates for the high-speed connectivity necessary for economic prosperity.  This partnership is yet another example of the City of Fort Collins’ commitment to fostering innovation, research and development.”

-Darin Atteberry, City Manager, Fort Collins, Colorado


Duke University; Durham, North Carolina

“Durham is already a leader in technology-based and technology-assisted education, research, and production.  We are also poised to take these accomplishments to a new level as our community leverages further and deeper connectivity.”

-Michael Page, Chairman, Durham County North Carolina, Board of County Commissioners

“The universities in our communities are the centerpiece to our talent and economic development efforts. They are perfectly positioned to use that influence to drive even greater opportunities in these areas to parts of our communities that would never be in a position to benefit on their own. And by doing so, would effectively forever change the current perception of town and gown relationships.”

-Casey Steinbacher, President, Greater Durham, North Carolina, Chamber of Commerce


George Mason University

George Mason University is delighted to participate in the launch of this exciting project. We have been innovators since our founding and Gig.U is the kind of cutting edge initiative that we are proud to participate in.

- Michael R. Kelley, Ph.D., President, The George Mason University Instructional Foundation, Inc.


City of Bloomington, Indiana (Indiana University)

“The City of Bloomington and Indiana University are excited to extend our technology collaboration in partnership with the private sector through the Gig.U process.  Our shared goal is to bring pervasive networking capacity and applications to our respective residents, businesses, students, faculty and staff.”

- Rick Dietz, IT Director, City of Bloomington, Indiana

Michigan State University; Dewpoint; Prima Civitas Foundation

“We’re very pleased to be partnering with the Prima Civitas Foundation on this project. If successful, this would ensure that our community has access to the best broadband of any community in the world.”

- David Gift, MSU’s Vice Provost for Libraries, Computing and Technology

“Representing the corporate side of Greater Lansing, I am pleased to be a part of the collaborative efforts between MSU, PCF, and community businesses to ensure that Mid-Michigan is well placed for this transformational opportunity.”

-Ken Theis, Chief Operating Officer for Dewpoint and Prima Civitas Foundation Board Member

“This project has the potential to be transformational for the capital region. It’s an opportunity for our community to offer higher level broadband and accelerate its growth as a hotspot for knowledge economy jobs. This public/private partnership offers a strong competitive advantage for our region that few communities across the country could match.”

- Steve Webster, CEO, Prima Civitas Foundation


North Carolina State University

“The potential to further connect NC State and the Triangle community through ultra high bandwidth networking will extend the areas leadership role in economic development. Ultra high bandwidth connections to the community will unleash the potential for the next wave of entrepreneurs.”

- Marc Hoit, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Information Technology & CIO

Pennsylvania State University

“Penn State has long been involved with projects building advanced networks.  It was one of the founding members of Internet 2, and was one of the leaders in securing an ARRA grant to build a regional network to serve PA.  The Gig.U project continues this work by focusing on local community networks.  Advanced networking capabilities are part of the infrastructure needed to assist research, aid education and health care services, and attract talented students, faculty and staff.”

- Kevin Morooney, Vice Provost Information Technology


University of Alaska

“Alaska is on the forefront of major environmental, energy and climate research with global implications. While much has been done to connect the University of Alaska Fairbanks to major research networks, our communities, our partners and our State could advance this research through innovative testbeds and community involvement if ultra-high speed networks were available to all.”

-Karl Kowalski, Chief Information Technology Officer, University of Alaska System


University of Florida; Gainesville, Florida

“In order for research universities and communities to grow and prosper together, we need access to the same technology. Ultra-high-speed broadband is the new baseline; it’s where UF and Gainesville need to be so that we can compete together with the best the world has to offer.”

- Elias Eldayrie, Chief Information Officer

“As the home to one of these institutions, Gainesville has known for some time that we need broadband speeds to our campuses and communities far beyond that which the market offers today. High speed broadband connectivity will be the key to furthering the research and development reach from these institutions.”

- Craig Lowe, Mayor, City of Gainesville, Florida


University of Hawaii

America’s research universities must be a vital force in promoting innovation in our communities and for the nation.  This includes helping the U.S. regain global competitiveness in broadband, which has emerged as critical 21st-century infrastructure for improvement of the human condition through advances in education, health care, public safety, sustainability, civic engagement, entertainment and economic development.  We are delighted to participate in Gig.U, a bold new initiative designed to help our country take a vital step forward through new public-private partnerships.

-MRC Greenwood, President, University of Hawaii


University of Kentucky

“21st century Internet technology is critical for Kentucky’s growth. We see Gig.U as an excellent and practical way for local communities, universities and industry to start creating tomorrow’s ultra-high speed networks today.”

-Vince Kellen, Chief Information Officer


University of Louisville

“As a research university, along with our community partners, we recognize the deployment of local and regional ultra-high speed data networks is key to economic growth and development. Gig.U provides us with the vehicle to do so. We are eager to begin working with our shareholders to promote the deployment of these next generation networks within our locality.”

- Priscilla Hancock, Vice President and Chief Information Officer


University of Maryland

The University of Maryland views Gig.U as a strategic opportunity to build closer ties with the city of College Park and its surrounding communities by increasing the availability of high-speed Internet.  The vision is to deliver transformative services to the community and realize a mutually enriching relationship between the University and its neighbors.

-Brian D. Voss, Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer


Columbia, Missouri; University of Missouri

“The University of Missouri is our main economic engine and has a long partnership with local government. Our citizens say that job creation is one of their top priorities which, in this day and age, means jobs in the tech economy. The Gig.U partnership is perfectly matched with where we want to go.”

- Bob McDavid, Mayor, City of Columbia, Missouri


University of New Mexico

“Connectivity in New Mexico is critical to our long term academic and economic development success.  The University of New Mexico is pleased to collaborate with our national research peers to develop innovative solutions to community network connectivity.  As New Mexico’s flagship university, UNM is committed to provide leadership in bringing the educational, cultural and economic implications of broadband to our very diverse Native and Hispanic, rural populations.”

-Gil Gonzales, Ph.D, Chief Information Officer

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, North Carolina

“At UNC-Chapel Hill, we’re proud to join with our partners at research universities nationwide and in North Carolina to launch the Gig.U initiative to drive innovation and economic progress. We’re also pleased that this exciting effort focuses on realizing the technological and economic benefits that research universities can help bring to their local communities.”

- Larry Conrad, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer


University of Virginia

“Information – whether it be massive data, real-time high-definition video, or things we haven’t thought of yet – is the lifeblood of innovation.  We are pleased to be a part of this exciting public-private initiative to bring the benefits of cutting-edge connectivity to the critical innovation communities that surround our campus.”

-Michael R. McPherson, Associate Vice President and Deputy CIO