In late January, the FCC announced the Gigabit City Challenge. The campaign aims to get at least one gigabit network in all 50 states by 2015. To do that, the Commission will be holding a number of workshops to help community and industry leaders get started.
Telecompetitor reports that the first FCC-hosted gigabit workshop will take place in Washington D.C. on March 27. The Commission isn't saying what will happen at the workshop, but it revealed a rough idea of what the workshops will accomplish in the release:
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.
Here's hoping not all the workshops take place in D.C. It would be more advantageous for everyone if the FCC were to host a number of workshops in regions around the country so that every state can get in on the action.
Even with these workshops, it will be a daunting task to get a gigabit network in every state. The incumbent ISPs will lobby against any serious competition brought against them while arguing that nobody wants gigabit speeds in the first place. These workshops will hopefully prove once and for all that the majority wants gigabit speeds, and will do anything to get it.
If you want to check out the first workshop, it will be held in the Commission Meeting Room at the FCC headquarters.