Translate Our Site

Albuquerque Named US Ignite Partner

City-University and Vibrant High-Tech Ecosystem Recognized

April 6, 2016

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry and William Wallace, Executive Director of US Ignite, announced that the City of Albuquerque has been named a US Ignite partner, joining a select group of Smart Gigabit Communities nationwide.  Smart Gigabit Communities are selected by US Ignite, a non-profit organization launched in 2012 with inspiration from White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation to assist American communities in taking advantage of next-generation networks. Albuquerque’s membership will enhance the lives of its citizens and create additional economic development opportunities. 

Mayor Richard J. Berry stated, “Deploying fiber along Route 66 will support the community’s evolution into a globally connected commercial center. We expect development of next-generation Gigabit applications to take advantage of this evolving fiber infrastructure and its already robust high-tech ecosystem.”

Regarding Albuquerque’s qualifications for this designation, Wallace stated, “US Ignite is pleased to welcome Albuquerque as its newest partner community.  A number of important assets make Albuquerque uniquely situated to take advantage of this pivotal time in next-generation networks:  access to the city’s many downtown digital assets; density of research and education networks; thriving entrepreneurial business culture; and strong core capabilities in the areas of healthcare, education and film/media production.”

This US Ignite partnership will enhance the City’s collaboration with UNM to bring smart gigabit applications and services to the community. Albuquerque will be able to create and leverage next-generation applications from other communities to further the economic and technology innovation within Albuquerque, leveraging the university’s regional and national connections via the ABQ GigaPop, Western Regional Network and Internet2. 

The City will connect to other smart cities and applications will be developed here and adapted to the local environment.  By accessing high-speed broadband networks, next generation applications around big data, Internet of Things (IoT), telepresence, and Virtual Reality can be created and used by our citizens. 

This effort will be a complementary piece to the cornerstone technology programs that will be made available through the Innovation District, Route 66 fiber deployment, and many of the Smart City Initiatives the City is pursuing through the Bloomberg I-team and TechHire programs.

The intended impact of the proposed partnership is to enhance the social, civic, educational, and economic landscape of Albuquerque by:

  • Creating a next-generation Gigabit testbed in Albuquerque by encouraging the deployment of a fiber network infrastructure among community anchor institutions and ultimately to Albuquerque homes and businesses. 
  • Accelerating the growth of Albuquerque’s entrepreneurial ecosystem through development and adoption of compelling next-generation applications that provide local public benefit.
  • Demonstrating the importance of ultra-fast broadband connectivity to key institutions, including pilots with schools, libraries, and entrepreneurial organizations;
  • Identifying, supporting, and building on Albuquerque’s core capabilities around which next-generation applications are built;
  • Coordinating best-practice sharing among local and national participants while allowing Albuquerque’s challenges and successes to be leveraged nationally.
  • Leveraging US Ignite resources and national partnerships for the benefit of Albuquerque.

It is expected that Albuquerque’s success will become a national example of the potential for next-generation technology to accelerate economic development and spur the development and adoption of high-speed broadband applications and services.


About US Ignite: US Ignite is a non-profit organization set up with inspiration from the National Science Foundation and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, both of which strongly believe that it is a 21st century competitive necessity for the US to take advantage of next-generation technologies.  US Ignite launched in 2012 at the White House and operates today with a team supported by corporate, foundation, and community partners.  Its mission is to foster the creation of 60 next-generation Internet applications – across 200 communities, like Albuquerque – applications that provide transformative public benefit in six sectors of the economy:  healthcare, education, public safety, energy, transportation, and advanced manufacturing.