While Google, AT&T, and Comcast look to expand blazing-fast gigabit Internet access across the U.S., the president has some plans of his own toward that end.

President Obama on Wednesday will announce a set of initiatives for bringing affordable high-speed Internet to more people in the country, a White House official said on background today. Some of the points could well make it into the president’s State of the Union Address later this month, the person said.

And the new ideas could be coming at a good time. AT&T said in November that it would hold off on a wide deployment of gigabit until until net neutrality issues are resolved.

Meanwhile, interest in high-speed Internet is picking up in certain pockets of the country. San Francisco Internet service provider Monkeybrains just raised money through an Indiegogo campaign to bring gigabit Internet to San Francisco residents.

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