Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Broadband Stories from the Road: Witnessing a first In Colorado Springs

Today's blog comes from Anthony (Tony) Neal-Graves, the executive director of the Colorado Broadband Office. Tony is responsible for driving the state’s broadband strategy and utilizing public and private sector relationships in communities across the state to support broadband expansion.

Earlier this summer I was able to celebrate with Colorado Springs as it became the first city in Colorado to join the U.S. Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities (SBC) program. Colorado Springs joins 20 other cities nationwide with the common goal of developing next generation applications and services supporting citizens through advanced, high-speed networks.

As with other SBC cities, Colorado Springs is working to ensure citizens have access to advanced high speed wired and wireless networks and more importantly, applications and services that provide true benefit to the community that is the promise of a “smart city.” SBC was launched in 2015 through a three-year $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation and requires each city to develop two applications that require gigabit access.

As executive director of the Colorado Broadband Office, I am very excited to see the ongoing journey of Colorado Springs as a smart community. The city’s Catalyst Campus received a $750,000 Advanced Industries Infrastructure grant in 2015 from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade to build out the IT network infrastructure for the Space Operations and Cybersecurity Center and Research and Development laboratory. The United States Air Force will be a major tenant in the facility.

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