- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Santa Fe is speeding up Internet service across the city.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/228buBC) that Mayor Javier Gonzales announced this week that a long-delayed goal of offering fast Internet speed is happening.

Gonzales says Santa Fe Fiber will raise speeds to 1 gigabit per second, or 1 billion bits per second, for the city.

Businesses in Santa Fe typically receive no more than 100 megabits per second.

Officials say the average Internet speed for Santa Fe residences is 5 megabits per second.

Gonzales says high-speed Internet is crucial for city city’s ability to grow its economy.

Santa Fe Fiber is a 2-mile stretch of fiber-optic wire tying together two key access points.

Project administrator Sean Moody says the network may expand to other portions of the city.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com

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