US Ignite, iDP partner up on Phoenix Smart Gig community initiative

Phoenix, Arizona skyline.

US Ignite has established a partnership with Institute for Digital Progress to serve as the key innovation partner for the city of Phoenix as a Smart Gigabit Community. This partnership follows an announcement made by Mayor Greg Stanton that Phoenix would join US Ignite’s Smart Gigabit Communities program.

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Another key partner with Phoenix is local cable provider Cox Communications, which donated a $300,000, three year-grant to the city. Initiated in 2015 by US Ignite, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, the project is intended to build "a living lab of testbeds for smart gigabit applications."

In 2014, Cox named Phoenix as one of several targets for its 1 Gbps service. The service provider is leveraging a mix of GPON-based FTTP technology and DOCSIS 3.1-enabled equipment when it becomes available to extend services into the remaining area of the market.

iDP said it will provide the needed support and infrastructure to develop six smart gigabit applications that address local needs such as infrastructure, workforce development, public safety, education and community health.

The development of these six smart gigabit applications is required by all communities participating in the Smart Gigabit Communities program. These applications, the initiative hopes, will dramatically impact and shape the way that residents of Phoenix, live, work and play. Additionally, Phoenix will be able to share in the dozens of smart gigabit applications developed in the 20 other cities participating in the Smart Gigabit Community program.

Similar to other cities where 1 Gbps services are available like Chattanooga, Tennessee, the applications and technological advancements resulting from the Smart Gigabit Community Program will leverage the high speed network to create applications that are not possible on legacy networks.

US Ignite has helped communities build over 100 next-generation application profiles over the past three years.