Fort Collins and CSU could soon be on the super-fast information highway. A new national initiative called Gig. U is working to bring super high-speed internet to communities with the goal of increasing economic development and keeping the U.S. competitive in a global economy. Colorado State University is one of 37 universities that could be getting a super-fast network, sponsored by the Aspen Institute.

The effort could pay off for the Fort Collins community, said Patrick Burns, dean of libraries and vice president of information technology at Colorado State University.

A goal would be to connect city residences and businesses to an existing fiber backbone built more than 10 years ago by Platte River Power Authority, Burns said. CSU and local governments already use the network to push massive amounts of data.