Chattanooga among 15 cities named as Smart Gigabit Communities

Last year, students at Chattanooga's STEM school connect via internet with microscope images from the University of Southern California.

US Ignite announced today that Chattanooga is among the first group of cities to be named Smart Gigabit Communities, a new effort to foster a national high-speed internet application development ecosystem.

US Ignite, which was awarded a $6 million National Science Foundation grant last fall "to build a living lab of test beds for smart gigabit applications" in Chattanooga and 14 other cities, announced the new initiative this morning at the Smart Cities Innovation Summit in Austin, Tex..

Each Smart Gigabit City has committed to develop at least two gigabit-enabled applications or public services and to share them with other cities involved in the program. On Wednesday, Chattanooga will demonstrate to the national conference its remote ultra HD (4K) microscopy at the STEM School Chattanooga, live 4K streaming from the Tennessee Aquarium, and a joint musical performance between Chattanooga Public Library and Austin using low latency conferencing technology and Internet2.

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