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San Diego to Become a US Ignite Smart Gigabit Community

Cox Communications to Partner with US Ignite to Build a Platform for Smart Gigabit Applications in San Diego

Today, Cox Communications and US Ignite announced that the City of San Diego will be the newest participant in the US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities program. US Ignite is a nonprofit organization that spurs the creation of next-generation applications and services that leverage advanced networking technologies to build the foundation for smart communities. Initiated in 2015 by US Ignite in partnership with the National Science Foundation, the Smart Gigabit Communities program is creating test environments for the next generation of connected gigabit applications. Through a three-year private sector grant sponsored by Cox Communications, San Diego joins 19 other communities nationwide participating in the Smart Gigabit Communities program.

Smart Gigabit Communities is a collaboration of network carriers, community anchor institutions like hospitals and universities, municipalities, and nonprofit organizations. Together, these organizations are focused on developing smart gigabit applications that address local community needs, such as education, workforce development, public safety, community health, smart energy and transportation. Each Smart Gigabit Community has committed to develop two gigabit applications or gigabit services per year that provide advanced technology solutions to issues faced by that community. They also agree to share those applications with the other Smart Gigabit Communities.

“Being a Smart Gigabit Community will advance innovation, technology and entrepreneurship in San Diego, but it will require collaboration from local government, community leaders and corporate partners,” said Sam Attisha, Senior Vice President and Region Manager for Cox Communications in California. “As a leading telecommunications provider in the region, and one that has been delivering multi-gigabit speeds in San Diego for more than a decade, Cox Communications can provide our leadership, insight and expertise of a gigabit infrastructure to this collaboration.”

The City of San Diego will be a strategic partner for this initiative, and the City aims to create the largest city-based deployment of an Internet-of-things platform in the world. Currently, the City is upgrading traffic lights to LED and integrating the traffic light system into a connected digital network.

“San Diego is one of the world’s smartest smart cities and joining this program will boost entrepreneurship in our growing innovation economy,” Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer said. “By bringing together some of our most innovative companies and thinkers, we can tap into new applications and technology that will improve the lives of San Diegans.”

“We are thrilled to have San Diego join our roster of Smart Gigabit Communities,” said William Wallace, Executive Director of US Ignite. “We are also immensely grateful to Cox Communications for making San Diego’s participation in the program possible. We are enthusiastic about the exciting milestones to come in San Diego.”

Cox Communications has invested more than a $1 billion in the region to help connect San Diego residents and businesses to the latest telecommunications advancements available. Cox Communications remains committed to deploying gigabit speeds to additional neighborhoods. Cox Communications also continues to bring low cost internet access to students on the national free a reduced school lunch program or who live in HUD communities through the company’s Connect2Compete initiative, as well as Cox Technology Centers at Boys & Girls Clubs that provide free access to computers and the Internet.

US Ignite, in partnership with Cox Communications and the City of San Diego, is seeking a local non-profit organization to assist in implementing the grant in San Diego. Learn more: https://www.us-ignite.org/news/seeking-san-diego-partner-for-innovation/.