The city isn't alone, with some 600 communities expected to apply. Google Fiber is expected to deliver processing speeds of 1 gigabit per second, paving the way for a new generation of web applications.
On his city blog, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz argues Madison has a good shot at the prize: "Our case is pretty strong. We're a young, energetic, wired, tech savvy place. We're about the right size to test a new idea like this. We have already thought ahead and placed conduit beneath some of our major streets through which fiber can be easily strung. And Google already knows something about us. They have a small office here, and they used us as a demonstration city for their new bicycle mapping addition to Google Maps."
The application is expected to be posted later today at madfiber.net, the site for the joint community effort mounting the bid. Google says it will take several months to wade through all the applications, but plans on choosing a city later this year.