B/CS Cities, Texas A&M Working To Bring High Speed Fiber Internet

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Internet giant Google has chosen Austin for a new program that could boost internet speeds to more than a 100 times the current standards.

It's called Google Fiber, and it involves the installation of lighting- fast data fiber lines.

Google says it would let users, even those who connect wirelessly, to download and view files faster.

The company thinks the lines will be up and active sometime next year.

A similar effort to speed up internet service is happening here.

The cities of Bryan and College Station and Brazos County along with Texas A&M are working together to make this happen.

News 3 looked into how you could soon be sprinting across the world wide web.

It's hard to imagine life without our computers and the internet.

You could say Texas A&M Student Grace Davis is glued to hers.

"I use it on a daily basis, hours a day. I feel like a lot of my projects especially as a business student really depend on my ability to access the internet conveniently and easily. So a faster internet speed would be welcome," said Davis.

Local governments and Texas A&M are expected to pitch more than $100,000 to work on ways to make higher speed internet more appealing for the private sector to bring in.

The new network would be built by the private sector who would then sell it

Chuck Martinez is the Vice President for Innovation Services at the Research Valley Partnership.

"I think our community is definitely on kind of hitting that turning point of how our community is evolving and there is an opportunity here for gigagbyte-level speed," said Martinez.

"If we had access to a more reliable and faster connection I think it would make our lives less stressful," said Grace Davis.

With connections at least 20 times faster, our cyber lives will become easier and businesses that much faster.

College Station City Council Member James Benham is helping spearhead the effort and says fiber is already available in the community, but it can cost hundreds to even thousands of dollars a month.

The Research Valley Partnership has also created a Technology Council to advance their efforts and are teaming up with a non-profit consortium Gig. U.