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
Get in touch with your local Gigabit Hive community
Mozilla, the National Science Foundation and U.S. Ignite announce $300,000 in grants for gigabit internet projects in Eugene, OR and Lafayette, LAContinue readingSee all blog posts
Local students are learning how to build their own air synthesizer by using Python coding languages and a Raspberry Pi. The resulting technology, Stage Genies, will be showcased by the Chattanooga Ballet at an event in downtown Chattanooga.Continue readingSee all projects
The GigLab is a unique space offering public access to gigabit enabled tools, technology and education. Housed on the celebrated 4th Floor, this second round Gigabit Community Fund project pushes the idea of creation, not just consumption, at the Chattanooga Public Library to more than 1000 Mb/s, and, with equipment ranging from Arduinos demonstrating basic network infrastructure to streaming 4K television, the lab offers an opportunity for patrons to understand just what those speeds mean.
The Gigabit Advantage
The technology publicly accessible in this space leverages Chattanooga's high-speed, low-latency network.
The GigLab has also been a boon to Chattanooga’s developer community – many other Mozilla Gigabit Fund projects demoed during November’s grand opening – as well as the Open Chattanooga Brigade, who have been been able to utilize the available bandwidth for processing large data sets. Planned future applications include pairing virtual reality headsets with city lidar and GIS data to build immersive educational experiences for younger patrons (a Minecraft-based project being piloted in conjunction with the Kansas City Digital Media Lab) and regular low-latency performances with musicians in other gigabit cities, including Burlington, VE.
Learn more about The GigLab
We offer global and local opportunities that facilitate group and in-person collaboration. Join us!