In a blog post, the Mozilla Foundation said the US National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the group a three-year, $3.2 million grant to further the research, development and adoption of gigabit Internet technologies.
The grant is part of a larger investment initiative from the US government. The White House has set aside $160 million to further gigabit Internet and related technologies in today’s cities. The “Smart Cities” initiative focuses on leveraging new technologies in order to reduce traffic congestion, lower crime rates, seed economic growth, manage climate change and improve the delivery of city services.
As part of the initiative, over $35 million has been awarded — with a further $10 million in proposed investments — by the NSF and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to companies researching and developing #smart city solutions.