In recognition of the City of Eugene’s collaborative spirit and community investment in internet infrastructure, Mozilla named Eugene a ‘Mozilla Gigabit City’ in March 2017. Mozilla is most widely known for their Firefox web browser, but they are also a global non-profit with a fund that provides grants and on-the-ground-staff to support innovative projects that leverage gigabit internet. Their mission is to ensure the Internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all.
In a national press release on November 1, Mozilla announced $275,000 in grant awards to their gigabit cities across the US, including Austin, TX; Chattanooga, TN; Kansas City; MO; Lafayette, LA; and $83,000 in Eugene, OR. To cultivate local innovation that leans into our gigabit internet, funding was awarded to Eugene projects including: NEDCO’s mobile interactive, Lane STEM’s Coder in Residence, Lane Arts Council’s Gigabit Residencies, Harmonic Lab’s City Synth, and Redefining Women in Tech’s Interactive Video Learning Event.