A group of American universities have banded together to offer their campuses high speed computer networks beyond anything that is currently commercially available. The Gig.U project will offer one-gigabit connections to university campuses and their surrounding areas, which the project hopes will draw companies to the areas. The New York Times reports that in the test program in a small area near Case Western, three startups moved to the neighborhood within three months.
There are currently 28 universities involved in the Gig.U Next Generation Innovation Project. Participating schools include: Arizona State, Case Western Reserve, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Pennsylvania State, University of Alaska, University of Florida, University of South Florida, University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, University of Illinois, University of Chicago, University of New Mexico, UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State, Duke University, Wake Forest University, University of Virginia, West Virginia University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, University of Hawaii, University of Washington, University of Montana, Colorado State, University of Missouri, Indiana University, University of Kentucky, George Mason University, Howard University, University of Maryland and Penn State.
The project is funded by the universities involved and non-profits. Gig.U is currently based out of the Aspen Institue, led by executive director Blair Levin and project director Elise Kohn.