RN-T.com – Broadband crowdfunding campaign launched super high speed Internet service currently limited to a small area downtown

19
Jun

RN-T.com – Broadband crowdfunding campaign launched super high speed Internet service currently limited to a small area downtown

Greg Richardson and his Rome-based business Civitium LLC formally unveiled CrowdFiber on Tuesday night.

CrowdFiber is a crowdfunding application that seeks to unite people interested in expanding the broadband network and setting up gigabit communities, including one in Rome.

Downtown Rome already has GigNet — a gigabit-speed Internet service — launched by Parker FiberNet. The DeSoto Theatre, 7Hills Makerspace and Maker Village on Clock Tower Hill already are subscribers.

But the super high-speed service is only available in the downtown area bounded by First Avenue, East First Street, Turner McCall Boulevard and East Third Street.

During a news conference across from Rome’s iconic Clock Tower, Richardson explained how CrowdFiber allows community groups and service providers to cooperate on advancing their infrastructure.

“Service providers have a tough time making investments that give them the returns they want. Communities have a tough time doing anything about it,” Richardson said. “(CrowdFiber) allows service providers to aggregate demand. If they knew they could get 30 percent of the people in that area to subscribe to the service, they would make the investment — they could handle the operating expenses.”

Dave Parker, CEO and founder of Parker FiberNet, said Richardson and his team are pushing his company along to expand services to the larger community.

“CrowdFiber allows us to identify those customers, and those customers that want it, Parker said.”

People wanting the gigabit service can search for their addresses on the site to see if they’re in an active campaign area.

via RN-T.com – Broadband crowdfunding campaign launched super high speed Internet service currently limited to a small area downtown.

Comments ( 0 )