On College Station: “The City of College Station has shown a clear commitment to stay on the leading edge of ultra-high-speed internet connectivity for our citizens. We’re pleased with the results of our work with the Research Valley Technology Council and our RFI process, knowing we’ll be among the top metros in the country for high-speed internet service.”
On Next Century Cities: “College Station is excited to join Next Century Cities. Through that coalition, we can share with others what we’ve learned while continuing to learn from our peers throughout Texas and across the U.S.”
What College Station is working on: In 2013, the Research Valley Technology Council issued an RFI to achieve these primary goals: Attract a fiber-optic broadband network to stimulate growth and competitiveness; to bring residential connectivity to 1 Gbps and business connectivity to 10-100 Gbps; to introduce a competitive market for services and providers; to allow for future expansion and upgrade; and to bring wireless network canopies to parks and public spaces.
Culmination of the process was Suddenlink committing to Bryan-College Station being the first market for its “Operation GigaSpeed” rollout, meaning 1 Gbps service deployed by summer 2015 — approximately 10 times faster than the fastest service it now offers.
“Plain and simple,” Research Valley Technology Council Chairman James Benham said, “if your success relies on ultra-high-speed connectivity, Bryan-College Station just became your best option in Texas.”