A consortium of regional technology companies have unveiled NashvilleIX, promising a downtown-based Internet traffic exchange that they say will be faster and cheaper than traditional providers. In the mix are 365 Data Centers, DevDigital, Peace Communications and Enfopoint. Our colleague Kelley Boothe has more info at Southern/alpha.
The cost-structure is most efficient for businesses. Connecting to NashIX is free for early access participants that sign-up by September 30, 2015. Standard pricing for a 1Gbps port is $350 per month. Pricing for a 10G port is $1,000 per month. The port price for the first port is waived for the first year for early access participants. After that, the price per port will be 50 percent of the standard pricing until the traffic on the NashIX reaches 15Gbps at 95P for one month, at which point the pricing will change to standard pricing.
Mayor Karl Dean and Metro Water Services Director Scott Potter today unveiled some details of a $100 million construction plan to protect downtown Nashville from future floodwaters. The elements announced today — an adjustable wall on First Avenue and a Cumberland River pumping station adjacent to the amphitheater under construction — round out the 2013 announcement of a flood wall that will be part of the West Riverfront Park Master Plan.
“I look at this downtown flood protection system as an insurance policy,” Dean said. “We’re going to pay a premium so we can reduce our risk of catastrophic flooding in the heart of our city. We’re making an investment in downtown that will pay for itself with the protection it will provide, the people it will keep safe and the businesses it will keep going if our typically peaceful river rages over its banks.”
Here's a look at some of the renderings released today:
Metro’s 11th Avenue Complete Street Project in the North Gulch is beginning to take major shape, with the city still targeting a fall completion.
Started last September 2014 and a joint effort between the Metro Public Works and Metro Parks departments, the project might have already spurred some future private real estate and retail activity in the immediate area. Specifically, and since Metro announced the street improvment project, Towery Development has said it will close on the purchase of an industrial building that fronts Grundy Street (read here). Most recently, Nashville-based events and catering company Infinity Restaurant Group announced it has leased space in the building most recently home to 12th & Porter and Music City Pizza (read here). And Chauhan Ale & Masala House (though announced before Metro announced the streetscape project) is now open across from the 12th & Porter building.
Private entities participating in the 11th Avenue Complete Street Project include RPM Transportation Consultants, Jarrett Builders and Collier Engineering. All three are based in the Nashville area.
Phase I of the project includes the east side of the 11th Avenue segment spanning Church Street on the north to Laurel Street on the south. It includes signal construction, landscape plazas, and pedestrian elements.
Read more here.
WiFi is coming to LP Field, Comcast announced Tuesday. The cable and internet provider will install a "redundant 1 Gigabit per second Ethernet Dedicated internet connection" at the East Bank stadium, per a press release (after the jump).
Comcast Business today announced that the NFL's Tennessee Titans have equipped LP Field with a redundant 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) Ethernet Dedicated Internet connection as part of a series of technology advancements that will offer fans Wi-Fi for the first time. With connectivity throughout the stadium, tech-savvy fans can upload photos, monitor fantasy football statistics, or check scores from their smartphones. The solution also prepares the team for future demand as Comcast's fiber connections can easily scale up to 10 Gbps.
The sports industry is focused on creating unique fan experiences through new, modern stadiums with compelling amenities, ranging from comfortable seats to gourmet food and giant HD video scoreboards. As part of that trend, reliable, high-speed Wi-Fi access in stadiums has quickly emerged as a critical amenity given that the national adoption rate of smartphones exceeds 55 percent. In addition to fans' other mobile apps and services, the Comcast Ethernet Dedicated Internet service and Wi-Fi access puts fans in control of the action through the Titans' official mobile application, available for iOS, Android and Blackberry smartphones. The app allows viewers to review multiple camera angles on any given play, access Red Zone coverage of all ongoing games, and enjoy exclusive video, news and other Titans-related content.
"Being a diehard sports fan involves more than just watching your favorite team in person - it means being able to access the information you desire, when you want it, at your fingertips," said Russ Hudson, Director, Information Systems of the Tennessee Titans. "Our fans not only want to watch and support the team on the field, but also desire to see a close-up of that diving catch or game-saving tackle from their smartphone, and Comcast Business is playing an instrumental role in meeting these demands. The connection was easy to install and feedback from our fans couldn't be more positive about the new Wi-Fi access."
In addition to providing its fans with reliable Internet access for Wi-Fi, the Titans also deployed an Ethernet Private Line from Comcast Business at its practice facility for team staff to conduct daily business. Comcast's connectivity solutions ensure that the Titans have sufficient bandwidth and redundancy in case of increased demand.
"The thirst for fiber-based, gigabit connectivity only continues to grow, and we are seeing customers across all sectors - healthcare, transportation, hospitality, and professional sports - continue to seek out Comcast Business to meet the demand," said Doug Guthrie, regional senior vice president, Comcast. "Fans inside LP Field now have the luxury of reliable, high speed Wi-Fi access with unique new perspectives into the game through the Titans mobile app. It's imperative that organizations like the Titans take proactive steps to ensure they have the connectivity solutions to meet their customers' needs, today and in the future."
Over the past two years, Comcast has signed agreements to provide media and communications services to several pro sports organizations around the country, including the San Francisco 49'ers, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Boston Celtics, Oakland A's, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Hawks.
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