Twenty-nine American universities have joined together in a plan, called GigU, to offer super-fast Internet service on their campuses and the surrounding communities. During a pilot program at Case Western University, 104 homes near campus were offered one-gigabit fiber-optic connections. Three startup companies moved in within a few months.

The U.S. needs projects like this. We lag woefully behind the rest of the world when it comes to the the speed of our Internet connections. Korea is already planning on connecting everyone in the country to one-gigabit connections by the end of 2012. The expected cost of service will be far less than what the average American pays for the current anemic service.

Blazing fast Internet service at cheap prices means more innovation. It allows designers, inventors and entrepreneurs to push the boundaries of what is possible, to do things that we can't even imagine now. What does medicine look like when this gigabit service is ubiquitous? What kind of changes will we see in entertainment when high-definition movies can be downloaded in seconds?

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Via The New York Times

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Universities banding together to form super-fast Internet
29 universities are working together to bring blazing fast Internet to the communities they serve with the hope of eventually rolling it out everywhere.