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At a White House event Thursday morning, the Administration will formally announce new steps to expand and improve access to next-generation broadband technologies and applications — including the launch of US Ignite, a new public-private partnership spanning more than 100 members that will seek to bring together computing researchers, software and application developers, broadband carriers, and broadband users so that they can take advantage of ultra-high-speed, programmable broadband networks.
The US Ignite partnership is being largely convened by the National Science Foundation (NSF), with the support of other Federal agencies, industry, non-profits, and local communities. Its key mission will be to leverage NSF’s investments in foundational research and network infrastructure — notably the Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) Project – to catalyze “60 advanced, next-generation applications capable of operating on gigabit broadband networks” over the next five years in six areas of national priority – education and workforce development, advanced manufacturing, health, transportation, public safety, and clean energy.
As Farnam Jahanian, Assistant Director for NSF’s directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, noted on a press call moments ago (following the link):