A nonprofit, US Ignite, has been conferring with developers throughout the country in an attempt to discover some of the untapped potential in one gigabit. This, of course, is of special interest to Google Fiber, as this sector of the tech tycoon is focused on deploying high-speed networks and creating more rural internet options. US Ignite and Google Fiber will be working together at the Kansas City Fiber Space in November to find new developers to bring into the fold.

US Ignite will attend the Kansas City Fiber Space to test and review some of the gigabit applications national and local developers put together for high speed networks similar to Google Fiber. Some of the possibilities for these types of applications include:

• Internet speed not limited by bandwidth
• Natural feeling real-time collaboration
• Immediate results from Big Data computations
• Control the mouse/keyboard with eyes, hands and body language
• No delay or latency to hinder responsiveness

Developers that are interested in building these types of applications should visit the Kansas City Fiber Space event during the first weekend of November. US Ignite is currently accepting ideas and developer applications for this gigabyte challenge. Developers will get to build apps using Google Fiber, and will get invaluable access to resources for storage. Developers will also be able to compute on site, and have access to prominent technology advisors as well.

Any developers that think they may have an idea should get on board with the Kansas City Fiber Space event as soon as possible. US Ignite actually has a video on their website that explains the entire Application Summit process in great detail, including some of the recent gigabit-based applications that have already been unveiled as well. Developers can go on the website and easily submit their own idea in just a few minutes.

Google Fiber recently announced it will be able to bring high-speed internet service to Lenexa, west of South KC. Google still has to design and build the network in this area before it will begin registering local customers. According to a recent article on Telecompetitor.com, Leichtman Research Group, around 78 percent of American households use broadband to connect to the internet. In regards to the total number households that have internet access in the U.S, 94 percent now use broadband services. Only one percent of the country says broadband is not available in their area, this is down from six percent during 2008. Those who can't access broadband or cable Internet are fortunate are having to find alternatives in satellite internet , technology advancement is allowing households and businesses to have a better internet experience.

The Leichtman study also found that around 55 percent of American adults now use their smartphones to access the Internet; this is a 44 percent increase from 2012. As we continue to expand broadband to all corners of the US, there will more and more opportunities to find new uses for gigabit applications. As the hardware and IT efficiency continue to increase, the gigabit application may very well serve as the cornerstone to our next technological boom.