On Lexington: “Lexington must join the ranks of Chattanooga, Kansas City and Austin to ensure that our people and businesses have access to ultra-fast Internet connections. There is pent-up demand in Lexington for this kind bandwidth because we are a University City, with high levels of educated talent, ideas and entrepreneurship.”
On Next Century Cities: “To build or attract fiber-optic networks, there is no single model that fits all cities. And the models that do exist are relatively new and evolving. Any city exploring gigabit Internet should, like Lexington, join Next Century Cities to share information and ideas.”
What Lexington is working on: Lexington, Ky., a vibrant University City of more than 300,000, is working on bringing gigabit Internet speed to its citizens and businesses. Mayor Jim Gray launched the effort with the understanding that current constraints within telecommunications companies prevent them from investing in fiber-optic networks to serve current and future bandwidth demand.
The project is just now getting underway. An interdepartmental Fiber Team is now exploring models followed by the few cities that have successfully made the transition. But the Fiber Team is not limiting itself to existing models. It is open to exploring a range of public-private partnerships that can drive dramatically faster internet speeds for residents and businesses while closing the digital divide.
Next steps include a request for information (RFI) to gather interest from private partners, scheduled to be issued in Q1 of 2015.