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Lets bring gigabit Internet and free public wifi to Blacksburg

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Lets bring gigabit Internet and free public wifi to Blacksburg
Bob Summers started the campaign

Blacksburg, Virginia is home to a growing Internet startup community and a world class engineering school.  Now it is taking a leap into the future by bringing a gigabit Internet connection into the heart of downtown by September 2013.   A gigabit network connection is 100 times faster than the average Internet link and can boost productivity by 10X or more for those who create in the cloud.  It will attract new ideas, mentors and investment.  Gigabit access will be available to the TechPad startup community and used to power a blazing fast wifi system in downtown Blacksburg.

Imagine sitting on Henderson lawn or in a local cafe cruising the Internet at blazing speeds on a public wifi system.  This is a world with no buffering and zero wait on uploads.  Your contribution will help bring this experience and more to our town.

Contributor Levels:
All: special invitation to the ribbon cutting party at TechPad.
Mega-friend: $15 - listed as friend of the gig + free wifi
Giga-friend: $100 - early access to wifi
Tera-friend: $200 - premium early access to wifi, special edition t-shirt
Peta-friend: $500 - wifi, t-shirt, listed on wifi landing page
Exa-friend: $1,000 - 1 year of TechPad access, listed on wifi landing page

Write us to learn about corporate sponsorship opportunities.

Cost of the Gig:
Funds raised cover installation and one year of operations.  Gig routers, switches and fiber will be purchased and installed in Kent Square and TechPad as part of the first phase.  Wifi hot spots will light up Main street from Kent Square to Henderson lawn.

After 2 years of effort, this project is ready to go and with your help we will activate the gig and wifi by September 2013.

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Campaign Description:


Blacksburg, Virginia is home to a growing Internet startup community and a world class engineering school.  Now it is taking a leap into the future by bringing a gigabit Internet connection into the heart of downtown by September 2013.   A gigabit network connection is 100 times faster than the average Internet link and can boost productivity by 10X or more for those who create in the cloud.  It will attract new ideas, mentors and investment.  Gigabit access will be available to the TechPad startup community and used to power a blazing fast wifi system in downtown Blacksburg.

Imagine sitting on Henderson lawn or in a local cafe cruising the Internet at blazing speeds on a public wifi system.  This is a world with no buffering and zero wait on uploads.  Your contribution will help bring this experience and more to our town.

Contributor Levels:
All: special invitation to the ribbon cutting party at TechPad.
Mega-friend: $15 - listed as friend of the gig + free wifi
Giga-friend: $100 - early access to wifi
Tera-friend: $200 - premium early access to wifi, special edition t-shirt
Peta-friend: $500 - wifi, t-shirt, listed on wifi landing page
Exa-friend: $1,000 - 1 year of TechPad access, listed on wifi landing page

Write us to learn about corporate sponsorship opportunities.

Cost of the Gig:
Funds raised cover installation and one year of operations.  Gig routers, switches and fiber will be purchased and installed in Kent Square and TechPad as part of the first phase.  Wifi hot spots will light up Main street from Kent Square to Henderson lawn.

After 2 years of effort, this project is ready to go and with your help we will activate the gig and wifi by September 2013.

 
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