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Gig.U Public Report on RFI Results

Gig.U Public Report on RFI Results

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Report'to'Gig.U'Member'University'Communities'on'Responses'to'their'Request'for'Information'
February!13,!2012!
'Executive'Summary'
The!first!phase!of!this!project!was!designed!as!a!preliminary!market!check!on!behalf!of!Gig.U!member!university!communities!and!intended!to!promote!the!mission!of!Gig.U.!Highlights!from!responses!to!the!Gig.U!Request!for!Information!(RFI)!include:!
 
A!majority!of!members!are!at!least!partially!served!by!three!or!more!“national”!carriers!who!responded!to!the!RFI,!and!28!out!of!37!are!served!by!two!or!more.!
 
Respondents!are!willing!to!help!fund!and!operate!networks!for!communities!or!work!to!pursue!financing!or!other!fundraising!commitments!
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One!consortium!of!respondents!indicated!they!had!lined!up!significant!support!to!fund!their!solution!in!as!many!as!10!to!15!communities!!!!Key!themes!from!the!RFI!process!include:!
 
There!is!strong!private!sector!interest!in!working!with!university!and!community!partners!to!break!traditional!molds!to!deploy!next!generation!communications!infrastructure;!
 
Network!deployment!or!upgrade!investment!analyses!depend!on!expectations!of!decreased!operating!costs!and!increased!expected!revenue!including!availability!of!fiber!and!other!market!advantages;!
 
Potential!vendors!need!more!communityVspecific!information!about!proposed!use!cases!and!preferences!as!well!as!more!community!involvement;!
 
Gig.U!is!an!attractive!platform!to!develop!test!beds!for!innovative!technologies;!and!
 
Gig.U!is!an!important!platform!to!take!advantage!of!economies!of!scale!and!scope.!!To!move!forward,!Gig.U!communities!should!define!their!respective!preferences!and!priorities,!which!will!inform!the!range!of!options!available!to!those!communities.!The!key!questions!for!identifying!these!preferences!and!priorities!include:!
 
What!network!infrastructure!assets!are!available!and!who!owns!them?!
 
Where!is!the!demand!for!next!generation!networks!and!services,!geographically?!Who!makes!up!that!demand!profile,!demographically!and!institutionally?!
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Are!there!policy!or!other!priorities!that!will!influence!your!community’s!answers!to!these!questions?!
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Can!the!community!encourage!residents,!businesses!and!other!institutions!to!“preVcommit”!to!services!
 
What!is!the!regulatory!environment!in!the!community,!and!what!incentives!exist!or!are!negotiable?!
 
What!use!cases!particularly!interest!the!community!and!could!drive!the!demand!(e.g.!Health!care,!energy!management,!etc.)?!Answering!these!questions!and!moving!forward!towards!the!goal!of!accelerating!next!generation!networks!and!services!will!require!support!from!the!right!local!stakeholders.!!!
 
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There!are!several!paths!forward!that!communities!may!take!to!accelerate!the!deployment!of!next!generation!networks!and!services.!These!paths!may!be!complementary:!
 
Local!community!followVup!and!action—locally!administered!competitive!processes!or!direct!negotiations!with!particular!vendors,!
 
National!outreach—a!limited!national!effort!focused!on!targeted!messaging!and!awareness,!and!
 
National!action—ongoing!collaboration!between!communities,!coordinated!at!a!national!level,!may!allow!members!to!share!certain!costs!or!brings!advantages!of!standardization!and!scope.!!Next!steps!
 
February:!community!selfVchecks!and!meetings,!ongoing!vendor!engagement!
 
March:!endor!meeting!
 
April:!Final!commitments!for!Phase!II!due,!if!applicable!
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 About Gig.U
 
Gig.U!is!a!broadVbased!group!of!37!universities!and!communities!across!the!country!working!in!an!effort!to!accelerate!the!deployment!of!next!generation!networks!and!services!by!using!university!communities!as!testVbeds.!!Gig.U!is!a!project!of!the!Communications!and!Society!Program!of!the!Aspen!Institute.!The!Communications!and!Society!Program!serves!as!a!nonVpartisan!venue!for!global!leaders!and!experts!to!exchange!insights!on!the!societal!impact!of!advances!in!digital!technology!and!network!communications.!It!also!creates!a!multidisciplinary!space!in!the!communications!policyVmaking!world!where!veteran!and!emerging!decisionVmakers!can!explore!new!concepts!and!develop!new!policy!networks.!!
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For!additional!information,!please!contact!Ellen!Satterwhite,!Gig.U!Program!Director!!(esatterwhite@gigVu.org).!
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