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Gigabit City

The 14th Street West project is one of the components of the Huntington Innovation Project or HIP Plan which won the $3 million grand prize in the national America’s Best Community competition. The winnings were awarded to the Foundation for the Tri-State Community as steward of the funds which are designated only for the HIP Plan projects.  The ABC funds will be used to leverage other dollars to carry out this and the other HIP projects. To date, over $148,000 additional dollars have been leveraged for this project.

The Gigabit City Project is designed to help bring high speed broadband to the Huntington region and the deployment of fiber.

Key Initiatives include the following:

  • Formation of Gigabit City Taskforce
  • Development of appropriate city ordinances to enhance deployment
  • Issue RFI for providers to gauge interest
  • Develop funding plan

Most Recent Progress:

  • Taskforce created composed of leaders in the IT field at MU and private businesses
  • Feasibility Study completed by WV Broadband Council
  • Dig once policy adopted by the City
  • Received $250,000 product from CISCO and allocated it to a start-up data center to be developed and operated by Thundercloud
  • Completed an RFI with interviews for a pilot fiberhood
  • Taskforce developed a report recommending that the City work to make an inviting environment for providers in Huntington
  • Engaged CTC Technology to develop a report and recommendations on how to create the appropriate environment within the City to make Huntington more appealing to providers – Report complete
  • Held a strategic planning session with key leadership from the community
  • Focus shifted to phasing with nonresidential first and residential second
  • Applied for POWER grant this spring in partnership with Thundercloud and Alpha Technologies to deploy fiber from Barboursville to downtown Huntington core
  • Working with Facebook’s dark fiber deployment plan to go through Huntington along Route 60; finding site for a hub facility in West Huntington
  • Deployment of fiber in phases to serve community and new startup businesses and to attract industry to locate in the City

The award money, as well as any funds donated from individuals/businesses/organizations, is given to the Foundation for the Tri-State Community, our region’s community foundation that controls the allocation of the funds to the projects as required by competition parameters.

Donations may also be made by check. Please make payable to The Foundation for the Tri-State Community, Inc. and mail to:

Foundation for the Tri-State Community, Inc.
916 5th Avenue, Suite 403
P.O. Box 7932
Huntington, WV 25779-7932

Please put "ABC Fund" as well as the specific project name in the memo line.