Featured Smart City Strategy: Jackson Ignite
By bringing a number of esteemed Jackson higher education institutions together, the Jackson Ignite Accelerator Group aims to enhance educational opportunities through the advancement of technology.
Why is this important? Because when schools have access to gigabit capacity, students benefit from the exciting possibilities of expanded educational options.
The potential of gigabit enhancement doesn’t end with education, it spreads to economic development, too. Opportunities for advancement include: extending gigabit connectivity to key anchor institutions, building upon Jackson’s core capabilities around next-generation applications, and connecting with other US Ignite cities, just to name a few.
(Em)Powering the People. What do you get when a local company strives to continuously improve the internet speed in its town? Endless possibilities for advancement.
For over a decade, Jackson Energy Authority (JEA) has brought the gold standard of residential internet connection to the people of Jackson, Tennessee. That means locals have access to ultra-fast internet speed, and Jackson, working with US Ignite as a Smart Gigabit Community, is fearlessly leading the way for the next-generation of education, medical care, public safety, and economic development.
As a key partner to the city of Jackson, and a fiber pioneer in the fiber-to-the-home market, JEA is keeping the city at the forefront of gigabit innovation.
The story of JEA and Jackson begins in 2004, when JEA launched EPlus Broadband in hopes of building a unique broadband network. Their hard work paid off when EPlus Broadband became one of the nation’s largest and most advanced fiber-optic broadband networks.
With its unsurpassed bandwidth capacity, customers were empowered to harness and explore their dreams from the comfort of their home.
Flash forward to 2015, when Jackson was named the next “Gig City” for striving to make the next-generation of broadband available for the community. During this time, JEA upgraded its fiber network to offer residents internet speeds up to 1 gigabit per second.
And JEA knows the importance of bringing valuable resources back to Jackson. With the desire to stimulate economic development and bring new businesses and industries to the city, JEA offered their latest rollout of symmetrical gigabit services to all subscribers.
With lightning-fast internet at your fingertips, you can access a world of opportunities. In Jackson, Tennessee, JEA is helping residents do just that. And they show no sign of slowing down anytime soon.