The city of Bryan and the Brazos Valley Council of Governments have joined a push to bring ultra high-speed Internet to the area.
The public entities each matched $25,000 pledges put forth by Texas A&M University, the city of College Station and Brazos County.
The $125,000 effort seeks to change local ordinances and regulations to entice private companies to deliver cheaper, faster Internet. James Benham, a College Station City Council member and technology business owner, has been the primary proponent for the move. He said the gigabit-per-second Internet would be approximately 20 times faster than what is typically available in the area. He touted the initiative as a way to encourage small-business start-ups, promote existing employers and attract employers to areas such as the biocorridor, the medical district and the Texas Triangle Park.