What could Doylestown and Bucks County be like with access to ultra-high-speed gigabit Internet? Join GIG REV as it unveils the results of engineering studies and Technology Action Plans to help Doylestown and Bucks County optimize its broadband, technology, and innovation infrastructures. Here’s your opportunity to explore possibilities with gigabit Internet.
How Gigabit Internet Is a Revolutionary Life Force
Remember the late 1990s when Internet access in homes was still a novel idea? You probably had one of the modems that buzzed each time you tried to connect or perhaps you had problems connecting overall.
Fast forward more than two decades later and think about how many times you personally connect to the Internet in the course of a day—to check email, to check on the stock market, to check on traffic before your commute home. Time magazine reported last year that more than 3 billion people are using the Internet—an increase of 738 million people from the turn of the millennium.
In recent years, one term that’s been bandied about is gigabit Internet, referring to Internet speeds of 1,000 mbps (megabits per second of data). To put that number into perspective, your current internet speeds are likely between 5 and 10 mbps.
So what’s so big about a gig anyway? The answer is more than speed alone; the answer is much more of a big-picture view. First, think about what your life and your town or neighborhood is like now, then discover how gigabit Internet could transform your community.
What Is Access to Gigabit Internet Really About?
Imagine being able to download two-hour videos from the Internet in less than six seconds. Imagine being able to connect with your doctor in real time through video chat without distorted or dropped connections. Imagine how your children could become virtual pen pals with schoolchildren halfway across the world without ever leaving their classroom. These scenarios can be possible with gigabit Internet.
Gigabit Internet is more than fast Internet speeds alone. With gigabit Internet, innovation becomes possible. People can use technology as a tool to bring about positive changes in their homes, neighborhoods, places of worship, schools, and workplaces.
Want to figure out how your community can attract new or existing businesses to your neighborhood? The availability of gigabit Internet has proven a desirable asset for bringing businesses to an area or city.
Closer to home, think about what you could do with gigabit Internet. You could look for a new job opportunity or start your own business. Your children could apply to colleges or take a virtual school visit. You could make filing taxes less taxing on you.
Could Your Pennsylvania Community Lead the Gigabit Revolution?
In 2015, a Public Source media report stated that 1.1 million homes across Pennsylvania lack Internet access. In 2013, former FCC chairman Julius Genachowski challenged each state to have at least one gigabit community online by 2015. 2015 has come and gone, but a new year has offered an opportunity to help communities in south-central and eastern Pennsylvania prepare for a gigabit revolution. Enter GIG REV.
So what’s GIG REV about? This public awareness campaign* for Pennsylvania is aimed at helping six communities—Reading, Ephrata, Doylestown, Pottstown, York, and Hanover—get ready for gigabit Internet. Working with civic and community leaders, public libraries, schools, and more, GIG REV is aimed at breaking open the doors and breaking down barriers standing in the way of people achieving a high quality of living through access to the Internet.
Over the next several months, GIG REV will be in communities and in neighborhoods, talking with people about ways they’re using the Internet and ways they’d like to be able to access information. GIG REV will look at community infrastructures, assess how comfortable people are with using technology, identify obstacles that may prevent some people from accessing the Internet, and put together technology action plans to help guide people on the path to gigabit connectivity.
GIG REV Can’t Do It Without You
If you’re living in one of the GIG REV study communities, you do have a say in what your community can be like in the future. Get involved by attending an upcoming public awareness meeting at the end of January in each of these six communities [ACCOMPANYING GRAPHIC]. Here’s your chance to let your voice be heard.
What questions do you have? Send them our way and we’ll answer a few of them in future postings.
Are you prepared to help lead the gigabit revolution in Pennsylvania?