Gigabit Community Fund
Next-generation networks with the power to transform learning.
What is Mozilla Gigabit?
The Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund provides grant funding in select U.S. communities to support pilot tests of gigabit technologies such as virtual reality, 4K video, artificial intelligence, and their related curricula. In so doing, our goal is to increase participation in technology innovation in support of a healthy Internet where all people are empowered, safe, and independent online.
The Gigabit Approach
Our approach to taking gigabit discoveries out of the lab and into the field is threefold:
Fund and Support
We support the development of gigabit applications and associated curricula through the Gigabit Community Fund. Grants support pilots that take gigabit technologies out of the lab and into learning spaces in select cities across the United States.
Innovate and Spread
We catalyze the creation, adoption, and spread of these innovations through Hive Learning Networks. Hives are a local network of teachers, informal educators, technologists, and community members working together to advance the promise of the web for learning.
Scale and Grow
We leverage Mozilla’s national networks to share these successes across Hive cities, other gigabit cities, and beyond. Our open innovation practices facilitate the adoption of gigabit technologies by diverse new communities of users.
Where are Mozilla Gigabit Cities
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LOLA in the classroom
LOLA, LOw LAtency Audio Video, is an open source audio visual streaming system. Utilizing specialty hardware and software packages, LOLA allows for real-time, synchronic collaboration, with 20-40ms of latency giving participants the feeling of being in the same room. While deployment in distance performances as been demonstrated effectively, we want to push the possibilities enabled by LOLA further - into regular classroom use and allowances for sustained learning practices. This project will develop curriculum that culminates into a theatrical and musical public exhibition, as a way of creating a broader understanding of advanced networks in an educational setting.
The Gigabit Advantage
LOLA uses specialized audio and video equipment and software that taps the power of multi-core CPUs and GPUs. To achieve the lowest possible latency, packet loss, and jitter, LOLA relies on the data transmission capabilities only available on research and education networks, such as Internet2 and GENI. Deploying two nodes in Hamilton County will be able to take particular advantage of EPB’s gigabit infrastructure, as the stability associated with running LOLA over a single network should provide for exceptionally low latency. Developing a sustainable LOLA model in Chattanooga would also be strengthened by the city’s own gigabit story - that is - a growing public imagination and understanding of advanced network capability, as well as the real-world applications thereof.
The project resulted in a first-of-its-kind mobile and modular LOLA node, designed specifically with accessibility and ease of deployment at the fore; the required equipment setup is free to be shared (it is currently accessible through the linked Google Drive folder), with open build instructions - in part written by RBHS STEM students - and user’s manual to come. Two mobile nodes were built with the grant funds; an additional two are being built for the Chattanooga Public Library, to augment the one extant node already on the 4th Floor. This will give Chattanooga the highest concentration of LOLA-enabled spaces in the Western Hemisphere.
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