Genachowski Wants a Gig in Every Pot

Actually, FCC Chairman Eyeing at Least 1 Gbps in at least One Cmmunity in Every State by 2015

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski Friday issued what he called the Gigabit City Challenge.

At a Conference of Mayors meeting -- the same one at which Vice President Joe Biden challenged the media to better promote content controls -- the chairman urged the Mayors, broadband providers and community leaders, to help create at least one community with gigabit-per-second broadband speeds by 2015, or about a hundred times what he FCC currently defines as high-speed Internet.

The FCC will help out by providing an online clearinghouse of info on how to lower costs and boost speeds, which he asked the mayors' help in maintaining.

The FCC will also convene workshops on the challenges and opportunities of that goal.

He also gave a plug to the high-speed initiative Gig. U of his former Broadband Plan czar, Blair Levin, which he said has generated $200 million in private investment for community high-speed hubs tied to leading universities.