Google goes to Provo, Utah next–with an entertaining commercial illustrating the difference between the service that most providers call “broadband,” and what fiber can deliver. Yeah, we laughed.
“This is a group that’s busy inventing the future.” We (the community of San Leandro) represented several apps in the US Ignite Application Summit 2013. Watch and smile.
Also see our previous update for more information about this event.
Outstanding news–our team’s work was featured on the White House Blog! Here’s an informative letter from our Team Leader, Professor George Bunch Adams III of Purdue University, describing our project’s reception at the recent US Ignite App Challenge:
Thank you so very much for your part in our winning Mozilla Ignite Challenge team. Our work was presented both on stage and in the exhibits room. It is featured on the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy blog. And we were one of the four top-funded teams of the Challenge.
Many Summit attendees spent time at our exhibit. There was interest in technical aspects by faculty from Northern Illinois University, Kent State University, and The University of Kansas; in use from the American Legion, Windy City Software Defined Radio, and Broadband Illinois; in protocol development from representatives of Motorola, Cisco, Extreme Networks and Juniper Networks; and for our work’s relevance to the future of software defined networking, from the National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development.
Glenn Ricart, US Ignite Founder and CTO, and Bill Wallace, US Ignite Executive Director, were quite touched to receive a 3D-printed US Ignite logo that Mike Howland was inspired to make. Kudos.
Our success in the Challenge and at the App Summit is also a beginning. I expect an announcement soon about the next phase of Mozilla Ignite. I know we would all like to see our concept realized in code controlling a network that is then used by us and any App that needs reliable communication. US Ignite wants that as well and says there will be opportunities to demonstrate new progress at events in December and next June. Stay tuned.
It is my great pleasure to have the opportunity to work with all of you. Thank you.
George B. Adams III, Ph.D.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution in support of the FCC “Gigabit City Challenge.” The resolution specifically recognizes cities like San Leandro, CA, which have taken the initiative to implement their own local gigabit-speed networks (like Lit San Leandro). From this story:
Mayor Stephen Cassidy announced that on Monday, at its annual meeting, the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution in support of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) “Gigabit City Challenge” (PDF), an initiative calling for at least one gigabit community in all 50 states by 2015 in order to accelerate the creation of a critical mass of markets and innovation hubs with ultra-fast Internet speeds. The resolution, supported by nearly 200 mayors from across the country, specifically recognizes cities such as “San Leandro, California [which] have taken the initiative to implement their own local gigabit-speed networks.” Gigabit communities spur innovators to create new businesses and industries, spark connectivity among citizens and services, incentivize investment in high-tech industries, and create jobs.
“The U.S. Conference of Mayors recognizes that gigabit-speed broadband is creating new businesses and jobs and serving as a catalyst for greater investment and creativity in communities across the nation,” stated Mayor Cassidy. “Lit San Leandro, our gigabit network, is helping transform San Leandro into a center of innovation in the San Francisco Bay Area.” (snip)
Lit San Leandro is proud to announce that we won a Real Estate Deal of the Year Award in the category of Infrastructure or Public/Private Partnership. For these deals, the San Francisco Business Times looked far and wide around the Bay Area for deals being made, developments in the works, and partnerships doing amazing things. Lit San Leandro was a co-winner, sharing the category with the new $1.1 billion Presidio Parkway. Nice to be in such big company!
The Business Times noted that
San Leandro is not commonly thought of as a tech hub, especially when compared to more technology company-laden neighbors such as San Jose and San Francisco. City leaders think that could change. …
“We’re looking at how do you become a smart city, to create jobs,” [Chief Innovation Officer, Deborah] Acosta noted.
So far the strategy has shown some promise.
Promise may be an understatement. We’ve hooked up several buildings over the last month, with more coming. New business inquiries are keeping us busy. We’ll send another update with details shortly.
Update [10 June 2013]: The article is now available on the San Francisco Business Times site.