“We are talking scores of millions of dollars,” McDavid acknowledged.

Project organizers hope the effort in some of the country’s most prominent college towns — from Bloomington, Ind. to State College, Pa. — will drive domestic production of the next generation of internet applications in an increasingly crowded global marketplace.

“A small amount of financial capital and political capital focused on upgrading university communities can yield major gains for both the future of America’s leadership in research and for the American economic leadership,” a project summary states.


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