DTN Management Co. upgraded the broadband service at Cedar Village Apartments in East Lansing to 1 gigabit-per-second this past spring, 100 times faster than the connection speeds available in most of the region.
“The residents are demanding it,” said Richard Laing, the company’s chief information officer. With Michigan State University across the street, Cedar Village’s mostly student residents were looking for connection speeds similar to those available on campus.“It’s obviously an investment,” Laing said, “but it’s an investment that hopefully will bring other residents to DTN communities so they can have that ultra-high-speed connection.”
And, as the company extends that service to another 2,100 residents over the next 1½ years, “we’d be happy to help other folks attach to the network.”
In February, a coalition of local economic development agencies, Internet service providers and MSU announced an effort to bring widespread 1 gigabit-per-second broadband to a greater swath of the Lansing region, to lower barriers to investment and “aggregate demand.”
On Thursday, in the clubhouse at Cedar Village, the same group announced slightly more concrete plans, which center on a program called Gigabit Ready, designed to assist communities and businesses in developing and deploying the necessary infrastructure, and on a “Gigabit Certified” building program, which would offer accreditation — and greater visibility — to properties already hooked in to gigabit-speed infrastructure.