June 15, 2012
The University of Florida joined other leading research universities in the University Community Next Generation Innovation Project. The mission of the project known as ‘Gig.U’ is to expedite deployment of ultrahigh-speed networks. Ultrahigh-speed networks can be a significant driver for economic growth and stimulate innovation in science, health care, and education. Gig.U and UF’s connections with the Florida LambdaRail, National LambdaRail, and Internet2 makes it easier for new application development by students, faculty, and staff.
Partnering with the City of Gainesville and GRU, UFIT network engineers are making improvements to how the local utility interconnects with UF’s network. What does this mean for the less technology-oriented among us? Because of Gig.U the online experience will be the same for those in the Innovation District off-campus as it is for people studying, working, and conducting research on Main campus. In other words, the connection will be extremely fast and the voice and video quality far superior than with technologies like DSL or cable. This summer customers in the Innovation District will start experiencing an Internet connection that is up to 100 times faster.