In August of 2011 the University of Washington became a founding partner in the University Community Next Generation Innovation Project, or Gig. U for short, a group of over 30 leading research universities from across the United States that was formed with the goal of speeding up the deployment of ultra high-speed broadband networks to the member organizations and their surrounding communities.
In November of 2011 Mayor McGinn and University of Washington President Michael Young announced a partnership under the Gig. U banner to solicit Requests for Interest from private companies interested in providing ultra high-speed broadband service to communities around University of Washington campuses across the city by leasing excess fiber from the Seattle Fiber Partnership. Fifty -seven companies responded to that RFI.
For more information about Gig. U, see gig-u.org.