The City of Chattanooga, Tenn., is hosting a kickoff and community summit today for the Gigabit Community Fund, a new partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF), Mozilla, and local communities that uses a collaborative approach to create apps that will facilitate novel uses for gigabit networks. The open source software developed under this program will take advantage of the advanced networks that are already available in Kansas City and Chattanooga and that will be emerging nationwide in the coming years. Kansas City will host its kickoff on Feb. 13.
"We are thrilled that the Gigabit Community Fund is bringing together practitioners and innovators from public and private sectors to enable novel gigabit applications for learning and workforce development," said Farnam Jahanian, NSF's head of Computer and Information Science and Engineering. "These new apps will have the potential to boost productivity and safety—starting as an experiment in these two communities and growing across the U.S."
At today's event, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and representatives from Mozilla, NSF, the Department of Education and local organizations describe how the Gigabit Community Fund will provide $300,000, split evenly between Chattanooga and Kansas City, to catalyze the development of apps that leverage ultra-high speed broadband networks in service to learning and workforce development needs.