PTC wants in on Google’s high-speed Internet

Peachtree City officials are hoping to attract the attention of technology giant Google, which is seeking test sites for a super high-speed Internet network.

The city is asking residents and local governments to express their interest in the fiber optic trial, which would provide Internet access to homes with speeds up to one gigabit per second.

Google says such speeds are more than 100 times faster than what most Americans currently have access to. The service would not be free but would be offered “at a competitive price” to at least 50,000 people and potentially up to 500,000 people, according to Google.

Citizens and businesses are being asked to help nominate both the city and Fayette County to host the trial network. A nomination form is available at www.google.com/appserve/fiberrfi.

City officials are asking interested persons to not only fill out the online form but also to help spread the word to friends and acquaintances.

The city has until March 26 to provide its information to Google so it can be considered as a possible site for the high-speed Internet project.

The company says its goal for the project is to experiment with new ways to help make Internet access better and faster for everyone. Google is also hoping to kick-start development for new applications that would use such high speed Internet access.