By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Education Letter -- Today's Internet networks typically move data at a few to a few hundred megabits per second. However, next-generation networks can carry traffic at greater than a gigabit per second-a speed-up of ten to a hundred times. These gigabit networks have incredible potential, but require applications (apps) that can take advantage of them to fully tap their benefits.
The City of Chattanooga, Tenn., is hosting a kickoff and community summit today for the Gigabit Community Fund, a new partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF), Mozilla, and local communities that uses a collaborative approach to create apps that will facilitate novel uses for gigabit networks. The open source software developed under this program will take advantage of the advanced networks that are already available in Kansas City and Chattanooga and that will be emerging nationwide in the coming years. Kansas City will host its kickoff on Feb. 13.
"We are thrilled that the Gigabit Community Fund is bringing together practitioners and innovators from public and private sectors to enable novel gigabit applications for learning and workforce development," said Farnam Jahanian, NSF's head of Computer and Information Science and Engineering. "These new apps will have the potential to boost productivity and safety-starting as an experiment in these two communities and growing across the U.S."
Mozilla will establish Hive Learning Communities in Chattanooga and Kansas City, similar to its Hive Learning Networks in New York City, Chicago, Toronto and Pittsburgh, where organizations collaborate around shared goals in digital learning and making, and economic opportunities. "Community catalysts" in each city will help bring members of the different communities together.
"I look forward to working with the National Science Foundation and US Department of Education, whose investment in this initiative will help keep Chattanooga positioned as a leader in technology and innovation," said Berke.
Added Mayor Mark R. Holland of Kansas City, Kan.,: "Since the inception of our city's fiber infrastructure we have seen amazing development. We are very excited that the partnership with Mozilla and NSF will yield new programs to fuel future success in education and workforce development using our gigabit connectivity."
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