CTC Helps Springboard RFQ for State Broadband Network

In the last month the Connecticut Technology Council has worked tirelessly on two key issues in the CT technology community.

Three years ago, the Connecticut Technology Council was at the forefront of efforts to create the Innovation Ecosystem in Connecticut. The message that we delivered to the Administration and General Assembly included a need to both increase the number of startups and the amount of available funding for startups and Stage 2 companies in Connecticut. The response was included in the 2011 Jobs Bill with the re-capitalization of Connecticut Innovations and $5 million in funding to support the Innovation Ecosystem over the next five years. With the release of the latest PricewaterhouseCoopers MoneyTree report, results show that we are beginning to see our efforts pay off. Venture investment for the first half of 2014 has already surpassed any full year since 2001 and we still have six months to go. There are many players to thank for this, but CTC is proud of the role it has played to support Connecticut’s young technology companies.

Another other key issue we’ve been working hard to develop is that of a high speed broadband network, or networks, in Connecticut. HIgh speed, affordable broadband service was identified by the CTC Board as a key element in the advancement of technology companies in Connecticut. Therefor, CTC joined forces with the State Consumer Counsel and CTC’s regional economic development partners to host meetings regarding technology businesses throughout the State. This allowed the Consumer Counsel to understand the many views on high speed, affordable broadband services. Partly in response to and as a result of these meetings, on September 15 the State Consumer Counsel released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) by Stamford, New Haven, and West Hartford thus starting these municipalities efforts to create affordable high speed broadband networks in their town. The RFQ is open to including any other municipality that wishes to participate. If you want to asses whether the municipality housing your business is included in the RFQ process or not, contact your local town/city leaders. The RFQ responses are due on November 18, 2014.

CTC’s role in facilitating the technology industry’s input into these efforts has been recognized by the Consumer Counsel. The future is bright for CTC and its members and I look forward to seeing what can be done in the future.

Stay tuned.

Bruce Carlson, President & CEO, Connecticut Technology Council

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