First it was a free wireless internet proposal that got caught up in a lengthy political debate and eventually fizzled and died out.
But Google could resume talks with San Francisco as part of its new initiative announced Feb. 10.
This time it’s all about fiber to the home, what’s considered the Holy Grail of broadband internet connection.
Fiber has been discussed by city officials before.
James Kelly, project manager on Google’s infrastructure team, announced that Google is looking to “find the right community partners” and has issued a request for information due March 26. City officials can provide information if it’s interested in becoming a partner with Google.
Google has “plans to build and test ultra-high-speed broadband networks in the United States,” Kelly said in the announcement. “We plan to provide fiber to the home service with speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second for at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people. In selected locations we’ll offer Internet connections up to 100 times faster than many Americans have access to today – and at competitive prices.”
The City’s technology committee, known as Committee on Information Technology and commonly referred to as COIT, meets Thursday morning to discuss Google’s request for information.
“We want to get started as quickly as possible and we need to find the right community partners for it to succeed,” Kelly said.