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Higher ed's role in providing the U.S. a strategic bandwidth advantage March 29

March 26, 2012

CSU's Information Science and Technology Center will host Blair Levin who will present "The Next American Upgrade: The Role of Higher Education in Providing the United States a Strategic Bandwidth Advantage."

Blair LevinLevin will speak at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 29, at the Lory Student Center Grey Rock Room.

Ultrahigh-speed connectivity

Levin is leading the Gigabit university-community partnership initiative Gig. U. that seeks transformative approaches for next generation, ultrahigh-speed last mile connectivity in communities in which research universities are located.

More than 30 leading research universities involved

The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project, - Gig.U - is a broad-based group of over 30 leading research universities from across the United States, including CSU. Drawing on America’s rich history of community-led innovation in research and entrepreneurship, Gig.U seeks to accelerate the deployment of ultra high-speed networks to leading U.S. universities and their surrounding communities. Improvements to these networks drive economic growth and stimulate a new generation of innovations addressing critical needs, such as health care and education.

How CSU and the community can act together 

During the seminar Levin, Communications and Society Fellow with the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, will discuss Gig.U’s initiative and talk about how CSU and the Fort Collins community can equally act together to attract a vendor for Gigabit services to the community.

Levin began his position with the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program in May 2010 following his departure from the Federal Communications Commission, where he served as the Executive Director of the Omnibus Broadband Initiative. In his role at the Federal Communications Commission, Levin oversaw the development of a National Broadband Plan, a project mandated by Congress in the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act.


Colorado State University’s Information and Technology Center is a university-wide organization for promoting, facilitating and enhancing CSU’s research, education and outreach activities pertaining to the design and innovative application of computer, communication and information systems.

More information

For more information about Gig.U, visit