Dublin has joined the national competition for a piece of the Google Fiber project.

Dublin has joined the national competition for a piece of the Google Fiber project.

Online nominations were due last week for the project that Google says will expand "ultra-high speed broadband networks" to "a small number of trial locations across the country."

Dana McDaniel, Dublin's economic development director, said the city already has infrastructure for the project that Google says will provide Internet connections "100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today."

"The bottom line is we're offering up Dublin for a backbone to either run the application test they're talking about and/or to further deploy off of it," he said. "It's a good fit because (DubLink) is not only in Dublin, but other communities as well."

DubLink, which is owned and operated by the city, consists of "125 miles of conduit and optical fiber in Dublin and in other central Ohio communities," McDaniel said in an e-mail. "It also consists of 24 square miles of Wi-Fi covering both business and residential areas in Dublin. DubLink is enabling hospitals, schools, municipalities and business in multiple communities to be interconnected with fiber and is beginning to expand that same interconnection with Wi-Fi."

Criteria for the Google Fiber project said the company is interested in "deploying our network efficiently and quickly" and "looking for opportunities to experiment with deployment techniques that can inform and accelerate broadband deployment elsewhere as well."

DubLink can provide a "well-connected Wi-Fi system -- a 'test-track' -- to enable Google to meet its goals and minimize costs not just in Dublin but several central Ohio communities," McDaniel's e-mail said.

The Google Fiber project is seeking to serve 50,000 to 500,000 people. According to its Web site, prices will be "competitive."

The city sent out e-mails last week that included the nomination form and notice that it had launched a Facebook page for the effort.

"It's all subject to (city) council approval, but they are very supportive of the idea to launch more technology," McDaniel said.

The foundation laid by DubLink also would help Google provide something the city and central Ohio wants, he said.

"We have high-end users of Internet services. While we're fortunate to have a lot of Internet servers, I think our community is always starving for more capacity, more speed, more applications," he said. "I think our residents and the residents in central Ohio are always hungry for this."

Google plans to announce sites this year.

For more information on Dublin's bid, look online at Dublin.oh.us/google.