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13 Reasons Blacksburg is a Leader in Technology Innovation

Started by brenda.vgelder. Last reply by William Baker Apr 28, 2011. 1 Reply

Blacksburg has long and proven track record as a community on the forefront of leveraging technology for its citizens, businesses, education, and quality of life. In 1991, Virginia Tech, The Town of…Continue

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Comment by Michael Hudson on September 9, 2011 at 9:13am

I've added the Blacksburg Broadband Task Force meetings schedule to the events page -

Since it came out as a Blacksburg alert, I'm assuming it's OK to share.  Does anyone have an idea about the formats of the meetings?


Comment by Michael Hudson on August 19, 2011 at 10:39am
I've tested the Verizon MiFi device this morning:

and because I'm a scientist by education ,I duplicated the results

Interestingly, the device has no indicator to display the type of connection 3G / 4G. I'm within eye-shot of the massive Verizon tower at the intersection of S. Main and Clay, so I'm assuming that I have a 4G connection, but I have no assurance from the device.
Comment by Shierod Russell on August 18, 2011 at 1:49pm

I ran testing  from my 3G card from my Mac Book Pro  sitting in my office here at Rackspace  here is my results.  I can test from our Wireless  Aruba Solution as well.
Comment by Shierod Russell on August 18, 2011 at 1:27pm

I can run the test in a few minutes and post some results

Comment by brenda.vgelder on August 18, 2011 at 12:19pm

I was just reminded that the speedtest requires java and is not yet enabled for mobile devices, including iPads.  However, yes, we are looking for as much data we can get for residential/ fixed broadband connections such as via cable and DSL. 


Michael, I would welcome your offer of emailing the members and encourage them to take the acceleratevirginia speedtest from their home connections.  Thank you!

Comment by Michael Hudson on August 18, 2011 at 12:04pm
I'll run the test on the Verizon mifi box when my roommate gets home with it and post the results here.  Brenda, if It's helpful, I could message all of the members of ProgressAndMain and ask that they run the test - they are all pretty local to the NRV?  let me know.
Comment by brenda.vgelder on August 18, 2011 at 11:41am
What speed test are you using?  If you could, I would appreciate anyone reading this to run a speedtest from  - this contributes data that is much needed for the state and federal broadband mapping efforts.
Comment by William H. Sanders on August 18, 2011 at 11:05am

...I should add that the same speed test, run with the iPad connected to Virginia Tech's 802.11 wireless network, shows 9.53Mbps up and 9.88Mbps down. ...differently technology, of course, but lots of locations in town are already paying to support wireless "hot spots."


So, wouldn't it be interesting to know what it would take for the town and the university--probably with a private provider--to create and support a "wireless village" in which, no matter where you went in town or on campus--you were always connected with more like 10Mbps both up and down? 


Comment by William H. Sanders on August 18, 2011 at 9:45am

I just speed-tested my iPad "3G" ATT wireless connection here in Blacksburg and am getting 2.57 Mbs down and .29 Mbs up.  The cost is $15/month for 250Mbs od data.  Anybody able to run the same thing on a verizon unit and report back? 



Comment by Michael Hudson on August 18, 2011 at 8:48am

Verizon brings 4G to Blacksburg, Virginia Tech


Verizon customers with advanced smartphones should now find surfing much faster at Virginia Tech and within Blacksburg town limits.

Verizon said Wednesday it will activate higher-speed, 4G wireless service in Blacksburg today.

Those with 4G-capable devices such as smartphones, personal Wi-Fi hotspots and tablets should be able to download material from the Web at speeds of 5 megabits per second, or about eight times faster than now, Verizon said......




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