Announced today in Washington D.C., the initiative seeks to incentivize providers to bring gigabit internet to at least one community in every state in less than 2 years with hopes of stimulating technological growth nationwide. Currently, 42 communities in 14 states offer ultra high-speed fiber connections, which offer connection rates of 1,000 Mbps or higher. Most connection speeds in populated areas currently top out at 15 Mbps.
One of the most notable areas with gigabit fiber connectivity is Kansas City, whereGoogle launched Google Fiber — its internet and television service.
To help providers meet the goal, Genachowski intends to establish a "clearinghouse of best practices," which will help limit political and economic obstacles.