The Research Valley Technology Council (RVTC) is pleased to announce that it has joined over 30 communities across the country as part of Gig.U, the University Community Next Generation Innovation Project. In joining Gig.U, the RVTC seeks to accelerate the deployment of ultra-high speed networks in Bryan-College Station. Improvements to the local bandwidth ecosystem will drive economic growth and stimulate new innovations in the Research Valley.
James Benham, Chair of the RVTC, noted, "As communities increasingly depend on ultra high-speed networks for economic growth, education and delivery of vital services, we must consider if our networks today will get us to tomorrow. This community-wide collaboration is the next step in a series of activities to improve the Research Valley’s digital future and we are excited about what this will mean for businesses and residents in our region."
The RVTC was established earlier this year in response to the increasing demand for ultra-high speed networks. The rapidly growing Central Texas cities of Bryan and College Station together with Brazos County, Texas A&M, and the Brazos Valley Council of Governments united to create RVTC, an advisory group of the The Research Valley Partnership, Inc.
“World leading, high speed network connectivity is critical to elevating our region as a prime location for data intensive research and development both on and off campus. This effort with Gig.U is yet another example of how our community is working on the leading edge, approaching future challenges through innovative solutions with like minded communities and universities across the United States. For the Research Valley, facilitating the deployment of ultra-high speed networks in the Research Valley is absolutely imperative to becoming a primary innovation location in Texas,” said Todd E. McDaniel, CEcD, President and CEO of The Research Valley Partnership.
In the days to come, the RVTC in collaboration with Gig. U will launch efforts to identify private companies interested in providing next generation networks in the Research Valley. These
efforts will involve an initial request for information and will be driven by private market and capital considerations. The public sector’s role, as envisioned, will be to create the “speed to market” regulatory environment necessary for such efforts to be successful.
“We are pleased to have the community of the Research Valley and Texas A&M join Gig.U,” said Blair Levin, Executive Director of Gig.U, “As recent announcements by Google, Gigabit Squared, Time Warner Cable, AT&T and CenturyLink have shown, communities like Bryan-College Station that support a Tier 1 research university and serve as a commercial hub for their surrounding region have the most favorable conditions for a market-based, ultra-high speed broadband strategy, including dense populations and high demand from institutions and residential customers.”