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Future of Networking: the US Ignite Application Summit

May 30, 2013 - 0 Comments

Are your local community leaders aspiring to become part of the emerging Gigabit Elite? There are few places around the globe that can say they’re already part of this shortlist of municipalities that have gained access to (or will soon) the ultimate in superfast broadband services.

Back in September of 2012, Howard Baldwin wrote an editorial entitled “Private or Public Sector: Who Should Deploy Broadband?” and I believe that was the first time that I had pondered the implications of what it might be like to have a symmetrical one-gigabit broadband internet connection at home.

I live in Austin, Texas.  Therefore, sometime in 2014, that won’t just be a hypothetical scenario – I could potentially order that superfast broadband service from either Google Fiber or AT&T.

Of course, I’m not alone in trying to imagine the inherent benefits — all the innovative new applications that can tap this forward-thinking community resource.

Exploring Applications for Gigabit Broadband

The US Ignite Application Summit is only a few weeks away. It has been described as a unique and amazing opportunity to connect directly with leaders in the industry, at universities and in communities across the country — all talking about the future of networking.

The event organizers intend to cut through the gigabit hype and showcase some practical next-generation technologies – such as software defined networks, cloud computing and gigabit to end-users.

The ultimate objective is to give attendees an opportunity to learn firsthand how these technologies are transforming how we live, work, learn and play.


Here’s a Glimpse of What Attendees will Experience:

  • Live demonstrations and Tech Talks from some of the world’s leading experts in healthcare, education and public safety all showcasing “what’s possible” with next-generation technologies.
  • Visit the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) in conjunction with the US Ignite App Expo and experience CAVE2 Hybrid Reality System.
  • Do you have a challenge in your community? Bring it along and get expert advice on how to use next-generation technologies to tackle some of your toughest issues.
  • See the updated Agenda for full event details – including the Cisco Live demo with Lake Nona.

I’m eager to discover the possibilities of gaining access to gigabit broadband. This event explores the need for gigabit networks — by presenting technology innovations that are only possible when homes, offices, schools, libraries, hospitals and other community institutions are interconnected by advanced high-speed broadband networks. I’ll also try to report on the outcomes from the summit proceedings.

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