The venue for the event, the Historic DeSoto Theatre in downtown Rome, will be the first location to receive the new service, the company announced Tuesday.
According to a news release:
Attendees at the conference will be able to experience firsthand GigNet’s breakthrough performance, and they will see examples of how local businesses and entrepreneurs are already putting it to use. Visit www.romeconfluence.com for more information about the conference.
“It is fitting that the DeSoto Theatre will be the first location connected to the GigNet service,” said Tracy Slack-Hellriegel, facilities manager for the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation. “Completed in 1929, the DeSoto was the first theater in the south built exclusively for ‘talking’ movies, and for the past 25 years it has showcased Rome’s cultural and creative potential by serving as the venue for our local amateur theater group, as well as many other local and regional performing arts events.”
Parker’s new GigNet service will initially be available in a targeted, mixed-use residential and business-innovation zone in the downtown area. GigNet will later be expanded regionally in partnership with the Appalachian Valley Fiber Network.
Parker FiberNet operates a high-speed optical fiber network that today connects hundreds of anchor institutions across eight counties in Northwest Georgia. The launch of GigNet will extend the reach of this network to residents, small businesses and entrepreneurs who require advanced, ultra-high-speed Internet services.
“This area has a remarkable industrial, cultural and creative potential that distinguishes it from the country and the world,” said David Parker, founder and CEO of Parker FiberNet. “GigNet will remove any remaining barriers that prevent this potential from being openly shared with the world. It’s time to remove the speed limit on growth and innovation in Northwest Georgia.”
At the recent U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced a goal to have at least one gigabit community in all 50 states by 2015. The chairman challenged broadband providers and state and municipal community leaders to come together to meet this “Gigabit City Challenge.”
“Rome has long been a magnet for creative, high-tech entrepreneurs who want to start or expand new businesses,” said Rome Mayor Evie McNiece. “By responding to the FCC’s Gigabit City Challenge, Rome will now compete with only a handful of U.S. cities to offer the most advanced Internet services in the world.”