The White House is now pushing for a cohesive government broadband solutions
network. A new committee aimed at streamlining the construction of broadband infrastructure through federal grounds, property, and roads was recently signed into commission with the release of an executive order penned by President Obama.
The group known as the Broadband Deployment on Federal Property consists of council from several entities, according to this Information Week report
. Those aboard include the likes of the Department of Defense, Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, United States Postal Service, Federal Communications Commission, and the Council on Environmental Quality, just to name a few.
The main purpose of the group is to design a cohesive yet simple strategy
when it comes to the implementation of broadband solutions across various types of government property. This includes any roads, buildings, tribal real estate, and highways that are dependent on government funding.
To date, nearly a third of U.S. land, over 10,000 buildings, and several thousand miles of roadway are federally owned. The hope is that the committee can help streamline the process of using government resources when it comes to laying infrastructure
for broadband solutions.
The Obama Administration has also announced that the government will be partnering with the private sector to speed the development of the latest broadband solutions services to certain industries. Those that will benefit from the partnership
, which is known as U.S. Ignite, include the manufacturing, healthcare, education, and energy sectors.
There are several initiatives that members of U.S. Ignite are working to launch. The National Science Foundation plans to add another $20 million to GENI – its Global Environment for Networking Innovations – program. The Foundation has already invested $40 million and plans to use the extra money to expand GENI for Internet applications.
The Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN), which is the networking component of the High Performance Computing Modernization Program governed by the Department of Defense, plans to serve as a testing ground for the implementation of super high-speed broadband solutions.
DREN will serve to connect research centers at several military schools including the U.S. Military Academy and Naval Postgraduate School as well as military laboratories such as the Naval, Air Force, and Army Research Laboratories.
Those in the private sector who have announced involvement in U.S. ignite include major telecom, cable, and technology firms such as Verizon, AT&T, Comcast (News
), Cisco, Ciena, Big Switch Networks, Juniper Networks , and NEC.
The importance of deploying high speed broadband solutions over government channels has reached top priority. The unified goal is to make the extension of broadband networks as simple and easy as possible in order to speed up its use across various channels.
The applications for high speed broadband solutions seem endless, and the government continues to try and connect public and private resources to improve service offerings in this area. In doing so, commerce is enabled and improved in underserved areas as a result of proper connectivity.
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Edited by Stefanie Mosca