WOODBRIDGE >> Woodbridge is one of 46 Connecticut municipalities to join a Request for Proposals seeking proposals from telecommunications companies to increase access to ultra-high-speed gigabit networks throughout Connecticut.

A gigabit network would transmit data at up to 1,000 megabits per second — roughly 100 times faster than the average home speed of 9 megabits per second.

“With the increase in the number of communities participating, the economics for the providers will improve, making this project more attractive [to potential bidders] and Connecticut an even more attractive state for economic development,” said State Consumer Counsel Elin Katz, who helped launch the CTgig Project.

“I am pleased that Woodbridge is an early participant in this cutting-edge project. We are helping to increase the chance that building a high-speed network in Connecticut is attractive to telecommunications companies and investors,” said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar. “Gigabit internet service would be a very important tool for economic development in Woodbridge’s business district, and I’m hopeful that a private company will build this network in our Town.”

If ultra-high speed internet service were available in Woodbridge it would help the Town’s current businesses and could attract new businesses to Woodbridge.

“High speed internet is definitely something we’d love,” said Patrick Volk, producer and partner-owner of Geometrix, a Woodbridge-based video production company that uploads and downloads a lot of video over the internet.

“We do OK with what we have, but we have to tell each other when we’re sending video because it slows others [in the office] down.”

Bill DeRosa, owner of social media marketing agency Talking Finger, recently outgrew his home office in Oxford and opened a storefront in Woodbridge. DeRosa had been using 30 megabits/second and was “severely disappointed” to find his options for internet service in Woodbridge were limited.

“I’m an internet company so I rely on fast internet service,” DeRosa said. “I would jump at the opportunity for better service.”

State Consumer Counsel Katz said that earlier this year her office went on a listening tour and heard from more than 95 high tech businesses that they need faster internet service. Although gigabit service is currently available, it is incredibly expensive. In contrast, Katz said, where gigabit networks currently exist in the country rates are $70 per month or less.

Respondent proposals are due by 11 a.m., Jan. 13, and must be filed with The City of New Haven purchasing department which is administering and coordinating the RFQ for the municipalities: www.cityofnewhaven.com/PurchasingBureauOnline/index.asp.

For more information related to the RFQ visit www.ct.gov/broadband/cwp/view.asp?a=4524&q=525910.