Winston-Salem wants ultra fast Internet access

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Imagine being able to download a high-definition movie in less than a minute, or doing video and audio editing from your laptop.

Those are among the potential benefits – possibly as early as mid-2014 – of Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem hitching a ride on what is being billed as the fastest lane yet on the information superhighway, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

Wake Forest, along with Duke University, N.C. State University and UNC Chapel Hill, are establishing the N.C. Next Generation Network (NC NGN) as part of the GiG.U initiative involving 37 universities nationwide. The initiative has drawn more than $200 million in private investment funding.

The goal is enticing an Internet service provider (ISP) to offer ultra high-speed wireless service up to 100 times faster than typically available, with a potential cost of $70 to $100 a month. Providers would design, build, operate and own the network.

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal.

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