The Telecommunications and Information Technology industries are a growing segment of the Miami-Dade business community. This growing segment is driven by Miami’s network of fiber optic routes, which include eight underwater cable landings located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. This attribute makes Miami an ideal location for a Tier-1 Network Access Point (NAP), which is the NAP of the Americas, a telecommunications hub that links the Americas, and the area businesses that serve them, with the rest of the world.
Recent improvements in local university facilities promise to draw still more tech-savvy young people to the area. Miami Dade College’s ETCOTA (Emerging Technology Center of the Americas) is a state-of-the-art technology facility that trains students in computer science, while the College of Engineering at Florida International University has the $15 million Motorola Nanofabrication Research Facility, the first centralized facility of its kind in the state of Florida.
The large number of high-tech companies in South Florida also led to the creation of the Internet Coast (iCoast), an economic development clearing house for the South Florida technology industry.