New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie (R) is making an announcement on Wednesday that he says will make New Jersey “the most advanced and best fiber optic network in the country.”
New Jersey is a member of the New York City-based National Broadband Network (NBN), which was launched in 2009 by the Obama administration.
While Christie has said he hopes to have the system up and running by 2019, the project is still in its early stages and some details remain uncertain.
Christie’s announcement comes just days after former U.S. President Donald Trump called for the U.K. to be the first state to get a fiber optic system built and launched a fiber-optic campaign that included the mayor of London, a former president and a former governor.
In his announcement, Christie called the project “the single most important project in New Jersey history” and said it will bring “a high-speed Internet connection to every New Jersey home.”
“This is a great, transformative investment for the people of New Jersey, a bold and unprecedented leap forward in New York’s national future,” he said.
Christie, who has been the target of controversy for his support of Trump during the presidential election, has been working with the New Jersey-based fiber optic company Frontier to build a $7 billion fiber-to-the-home network.
The project is estimated to cost $1.2 billion, according to Christie’s office.
The project is a joint venture between Christie’s administration and Frontier, which is owned by Verizon.
It will use a fiber cable and an array of towers to deliver Internet speeds of up to 100 megabits per second.
The goal is to connect a dozen homes in New Brunswick, New Jersey to the network, according the announcement.
The announcement comes on the heels of a $2.7 billion deal announced last month to build two fiber optic fiber networks in New Mexico.