Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich
On Biloxi: “Biloxi is one of the oldest communities in the country, having first been settled in 1699 by French-Canadian explorers. Today, the city is a cultural melting pot, with a year ’round schedule of celebrations, offering small-town charm set against a backdrop of sugar-white sand beaches, great deep-sea or freshwater fishing, an array of championship golf courses, museums and historic sites, tantalizing seafood restaurants, and the excitement of 24-hour non-stop casino resorts. Tourism, buoyed by more than 4 million visitors a year, is our No. 1 industry, along with Keesler Air Force Base and seafood production.”
On Next Century Cities: “As a former software programmer who has provided services to communities across the country, I am well aware of the benefits of embracing 21st Century tools and technology. Biloxi can and will become a gigabyte city in the near future. Who wouldn’t want to connect to the rest world, 200 times faster? This will greatly enhance our efforts to improve our quality of life and attract new businesses in all sectors (entrepreneurship and economic development, education, entertainment, public safety, medical, manufacturing and telecommunications.)”
What Biloxi is working on: Biloxi and neighboring cities across the Mississippi Gulf Coast are working to create a fiber-optic ring that would help ensure the timely, universal and affordable delivery of ultra-high speed Internet for all of our residents and businesses. The fiber-optic ring, the so-called “middle mile,” would create the infrastructure backbone to encourage private Internet service providers to complete the “final mile,” service to a growing number of forward-thinking businesses and residents. Of chief concern is to provide ultra-high speed Internet service to everyone and every public space.
For more information about Biloxi, visit biloxi.ms.us. For more about our broadband efforts along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, visit coastbroadband.org.