By Beth Brown
For Brazos Valley residents, ultra high-speed Internet may be a few clicks closer.
Members of the Research Valley Technology Council, under the Research Valley Partnership, put out a request for interest in mid-October from potential telecommunication providers for a next-generation, ultra-high-speed fiber-optic broadband communication network in the area.
With the introduction of competition into the local marketplace and with the infrastructure in place to have widespread fiber connectivity, officials estimate local Internet speeds would be roughly 20 times faster than what they currently are.
The initiative was recapped by College Station City Councilman James Benham at Monday’s intergovernmental meeting, where officials from area counties, cities and school districts came together. Benham said the faster speeds and lower costs are necessary for recruiting and retaining both professors and employers to areas such as the biocorridor, the medical district and the Texas Triangle Park.
“This is important stuff — we have put a lot of money and a lot of effort into this area that are jeopardized by the lack of affordable, available telecommunications,” Benham said.