Just months after the announcement that a coalition of local economic development organizations and Michigan State University would pursue an initiative to prepare the Lansing area for ultra high-speed broadband, the group has announced several benchmarks have already been made in achieving that goal. The benchmarks include partnerships with the private sector, the creation of the "Gigabit Ready," initiative, the launch of the Beta version of GigabitReady.com and the unveiling of the “Gigabit Certified” Building Program.
The Greater Lansing Gig.U coalition, comprised of the Prima Civitas Foundation
(PCF), the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), Connect Michigan, MSU and many regional partners are now working with local property owner and management company DTN Management and Spartan Net to begin outfitting all of their residential complexes, totaling more than 8,500 customers, with gigabit level broadband networks and services.
“What DTN is doing is top tier in terms of similar type businesses across the county,” says Tremaine Phillips of PCF. “There are not very many developers who are doing this across the county.”
The Gigabit Certified program will offer buildings like those DTN and Spartan Net will soon equip with gigabit technology the opportunity to market themselves as certified as a place residents have easy access to the ultra high-speed broadband. This is the first building accreditation program of its kind.
“This is just one of the examples of what we’re trying to do,” says Phillips. “Encourage the public and private sectors that this is the route our region needs to take to attract world-class talent and jobs.”
To learn more, visit the Beta version of the Gigabit Ready