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Lincoln recognized as a Smart Gigabit Community

December 16, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln has been designated as a Smart Gigabit Community.

The designation comes from technology nonprofit U.S. Ignite Inc. and makes Lincoln one of about 30 communities nationwide, the Lincoln Journal Star reported . Such communities must partner with universities, nonprofits, telecommunications providers and others and commit to developing two gigabit applications annually. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Lincoln is collaborating with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Allo Communications and Fuse Co-working.

“We look forward to being involved with the Smart Gigabit Community teams to develop next-generation gigabit applications,” said Jeff Kuenne, Allo’s chief technologist and one of the company’s co-founders. “Gigabit networks can, and will, provide so much more than merely faster internet and the elimination of buffering,” he said.

The city’s first project is to develop software to create a citywide gigabit wireless network to allow radios to both broadcast on and listen to multiple frequencies, said David Young, the city’s fiber, infrastructure and right-of-way manager.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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