Jackson joins national ‘Smart Gigabit’ network

By: The Jackson Sun on Jan 29, 2016

William Wallace, executive director of US Ignite, welcomed Jackson on Thursday as the newest partner in US Ignite’s “Smart Gigabit Communities” project, according to a press release. By investing in the infrastructure to support the project, Jackson joins 15 other communities nationwide participating in a $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to build a living lab of test beds for smart gigabit applications.

Jackson will benefit by developing its own applications and bringing some of the new applications developed by 15 other communities and research universities on the network.

“Moving to the next stage of this initiative by connecting our fiber network to other cities nationwide accelerates Jackson’s development into a globally connected commercial center,” Mayor Jerry Gist said in the release.


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