February 13-14, 2006
Cox Central Park
6205 Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30328
Why Atlanta for Broadband
Atlanta, Georgia has become one of the top cities in the United States for Broadband business leadership through a concerted effort by the State of Georgia, Broadband industry companies located in Atlanta, and Georgia's educational and research institutions.
Georgia has provided fertile ground for industry to grow, and 16 of this year's Fortune 500 Companies are based in Atlanta. But Atlanta is not just for industry giants – Inc. Magazine ranked Atlanta #1 among large metro areas as a place for entrepreneurs to do business.
Atlanta has a unique and important advantage related to Broadband. The group of Broadband companies that call Atlanta "home" includes players from all aspects of the industry from service operators, equipment manufacturers, content providers, and research and technology development resources. The Atlanta Business Chronicle's Georgia "Tech50" list includes three Broadband companies in the top 10, with Scientific-Atlanta and Earthlink ranked #1 and #2 respectively.
Cox Communications, BellSouth, and Earthlink are some of the service operators headquartered in Atlanta. Cox Communications is one of the nation's largest Broadband communications companies, serving more than 6 million customers, and has been named Cablevision Magazine's Operator of the Year twice in five years.
Infrastructure and equipment manufacturers located in Atlanta include Scientific-Atlanta, Arris, and Motorola. Scientific-Atlanta has been a key player in this area for over 50 years, and as many as 40 companies, primarily started by Scientific-Atlanta managers or engineers, have been split off from Scientific-Atlanta during that time.
Several major content providers are also headquartered in Atlanta including Cox Enterprises and the Weather Channel. Ted Turner launched Turner Broadcasting System Inc.'s TBS Superstation from Atlanta, making it one of the first content companies not based in New York or Los Angeles. TBS also launched CNN from Atlanta in 1980. Other entertainment networks that are part of TBS, Inc. include TNT, Cartoon Network, and Turner Classic Movies.
In 1998, then-Georgia Governor Barnes created a partnership of state government, business, and academic leaders that worked for three years to establish Georgia as a world leader in the design of Broadband communications systems, devices and integrated circuits. Over 1,600 new computer and engineering jobs were created in the state, recruiting more than 70 new faculty to the state's eight research universities, and producing more than 2,100 graduates in the fields of electrical engineering, computer science and software engineering. This led to the establishment of the Georgia Electronic Design Center (GEDC) with 12 laboratories, $15M in equipment, and an annual research budget of $10M from state, federal and industrial sources to advance the state's mixed-signal leadership.
Another valuable Atlanta resource is the Georgia Tech Broadband Institute (GTBI) which focuses on broadband connectivity for home and community networks, and on integrated designs of personal information devices, supporting increasingly rich generations of systems for ubiquitous computing and multimedia. The GTBI team consists of nearly 40 faculty and staff members, over 20 industry sponsors, and partnering educational institutions including Georgia State University and the Medical College of Georgia.
The convergence in Atlanta of Broadband industry service operators, infrastructure and equipment manufacturers, content providers and technology and research facilities is a winning combination for Broadband business development. As the population center and international transportation hub of the Southeast, Atlanta is an ideal location for international business as well. A number of Israeli companies in Broadband technologies are engaged in doing business with Atlanta-based companies, and several, including Xtend Networks, and Resolute Networks have already established their US offices here.
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