Another week, another Gigabites. In today's edition, the city of Phoenix wins support from Cox to pursue its gigabit smart city dreams, St. Louis issues an RFI, another municipal utility announces gigabit broadband plans and more.
Phoenix won the golden ticket this week when Cox Communications Inc. announced that it's providing a three-year grant to sponsor the city's membership in the Smart Gig program. As municipal grants go, that's a pretty significant win for the Arizona state capital. By joining the US Ignite project, Phoenix will gain access to resources for developing its own gigabit applications and will also be able to test applications from other communities in the group.
For Cox, the grant is a nice boost to the company's image as a leading gigabit service provider. The telco started delivering residential gigabit services in Phoenix back in 2014. (See Cox Goes Gaga Over Gigabit.)
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading