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Gigabit Squared Announces Local Leadership for Gigabit Squared Chicago

Ernest Sanders Joins as the General Manager of Chicago’s Gigabit Speed Broadband Initiative

ernestsanders(May 15, 2013) Chicago, IL – Gigabit Squared, the developer and operator of ultra-fast, gigabit speed broadband networks, announced today that Ernie Sanders, a recognized industry leader with extensive broadband experience as well as deep Chicago roots, has joined Gigabit Squared as the general manager of Gigabit Squared Chicago.

Prior to joining Gigabit Squared Chicago, Sanders previously served as an Illinois Regional eTeam Leader for The Partnership for a Connected Illinois. His primary duties included identifying and organizing stakeholders who have interest and will benefit from broadband (infrastructure, research, and adoption/use).

Gigabit Squared Chicago is part of Gigabit Squared’s nationally renowned Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program (GNGP) designed to create jobs, improve neighborhood safety, enhance education and improve health care services by bringing gigabit speed Internet service to Chicago’s Mid-south side. Gigabit Squared Chicago will offer gigabit speed fiber and wireless to community anchor institutions and residents by late summer in several Mid-south neighborhoods, and the other Mid-south neighborhoods will be connected over the next 18 months.

“We are thrilled we’ve reached this important milestone with the hiring of Ernie to lead Gigabit Squared Chicago,” said Robert Jennings, executive VP and co-founder of Gigabit Squared. “Ernie’s experience and community leadership will be invaluable in helping residents understand the power of gigabit speed broadband and how it can be leveraged for community economic development.

During Sanders’ career he has also served as the new communities program manager and director of communications for the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation and co-directed the Smart Communities Initiatives for Auburn Gresham, Chicago Lawn, and Englewood. For more than 30 years, Sanders has worked on national causes to reduce recidivism, enhance middle school education and social services, and promote digital excellence in lower income populations. Ernie is a community activist, strategist, and a candidate for a Masters Degree at DePaul University’s School for New Learning.

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