UF joins in effort to expand high-speed Internet beyond campus

By Anthony Clark, Business Editor

Gainesville Sun

July 27, 2011


The University of Florida and Gainesville have partnered with 28 other university communities nationwide to try to bring ultra-high-speed Internet connectivity off campus to spur economic growth.

The idea behind Gig.U: the University Community Next Generation Innovation Project is to make a case to Internet service providers to install networks that provide download speeds of at least one gigabit per second, fast enough to download a high-definition movie in less than a minute and 20 times faster than speeds currently available to residential customers in Gainesville.

The Aspen Institute started the coalition to promote U.S. economic competitiveness by providing broadband to further research and attract companies to the areas around campuses.

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