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WCB Announces Workshop on Gigabit Community Broadband Networks

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Released: March 4, 2013


Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.


Washington, D.C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

DA 13-322

March 4, 2013



On January 18, 2013, Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) Chairman
Julius Genachowski issued the Gigabit City Challenge,1 challenging broadband Internet providers and
local and state governments to bring at least one gigabit-speed Internet community to all 50 states by
2015. Communities and providers across the nation are deploying gigabit broadband networks and
leveraging these new capabilities to drive innovation, grow their economy, and benefit schools, health
care systems, and anchor institutions.
To help communities achieve this goal, Chairman Genachowski announced that the Commission
would host workshops designed to analyze successful gigabit network deployments, and to provide
information on how industry, local, and state leaders can meet the goals of the Gigabit City Challenge.
On March 27, 2013, the Wireline Competition Bureau will host the first of these workshops. The
goal of this workshop is to explore how current gigabit communities deployed their networks, the
economic and social benefits that accrue to gigabit communities, ways communities can aggregate
demand in order to make a gigabit network deployment more economically appealing, and how
communities can leverage their assets to incent an ultra-fast network. The workshop will be free and
open to the public and will be held in the Commission Meeting Room at FCC Headquarters, located at
445 12th Street, SW, Room TW-C305, Washington, DC 20554.
A finalized agenda and list of panelists will be released closer to the event date.
Accessibility Information. To request information in accessible formats (computer diskettes,
large print, audio recording, and Braille), send an email to or call the FCC’s consumer
and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY). This document can
also be downloaded in Word and Portable Document Format (PDF) at:
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Matt Warner, Wireline Competition Bureau, at
(202) 418-2419 (voice) or (email); or Steve Rowings, Wireline Competition
Bureau, at (202) 418-1033 (voice) or (email).

1 FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Issues Gigabit City Challenge to Providers, Local, and State Governments to
Bring at Least One Ultra-Fast Gigabit Internet Community to Every State in U.S. by 2015
, News Release (Jan. 18,
2013), available at

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