The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

The city of Colorado Springs, South­ern Colorado Women’s Cham­ber of Com­merce and the Cat­a­lyst Cam­pus are join­ing the Smart Gigabit Com­mu­ni­ties net­work to be­gin de­vel­op­ing new ways to use ul­tra-fast in­ter­net con­nec­tions for busi­ness, ed­u­ca­tion and health.

The pro­gram is led by non­profit US Ig­nite, which is chaired by Colorado Spring tech ex­ec­u­tive Su­san Spradley. Other mem­bers in­clude Al­bu­querque; Austin, Texas; San Diego; and Washington, D.C.

“We see it as a way to im­prove de­liv­ery of pub­lic ser­vices through de­vices like body-worn cam­eras for po­lice, smart traf­fic sig­nals and elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing sta­tions. We want to use it for in­ter­nal op­er­a­tions but the net­work also will at­tract pri­vate-sec­tor com­pa­nies to the area,” said Ryan Tru­jillo, the city’s sus­tain­abil­ity and sup­port ser­vices man­ager.

Colorado Springs ex­pects to be part of the pro­gram by year end.

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