City leaders announced Wednesday that San Antonio is one of nine cities selected to be part of the next phase of Google Fiber, a fiber-optic network that would bring high-speed broadband Internet service to consumers.
“San Antonians deserve faster Internet speeds and better broadband access,” San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro said at Wednesday's announcement. “We’re working hard to make that happen – and I’m confident that we will accomplish our goal.”
According to the company, Google Fiber could bring San Antonio residents Internet access at speeds up to 1,000 Megabits per second. In comparison, the average Internet connection speed in the United States is 9.8 Mbps, which ranks 9th in the world.
San Antonio was one of 1,100 cities in the United States that applied to be considered for Google Fiber in 2010.
The other metro areas announced Wednesday as part of Google's next phase include Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Portland, Ore., Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and San Jose, Calif.
Kansas City, Provo, Utah, and Austin are already served by Google Fiber or are in the process of receiving Google Fiber service.
The announcement isn't a guarantee that Google Fiber will come to San Antonio. According to the Google Fiber website, the cities selected will first work with Google to complete a checklist to make their area ready for fiber service. That includes providing information about infrastructure and permitting processes in order to speed up planning and construction.
Meanwhile, Google will look into the costs and how long it would take to build a new fiber-optic network. That process includes a study of what might affect construction plans, such as hills and flood zones, as well as housing density and the condition of infrastructure that's already in place.
According to Google, the company hopes to announce the next round of cities that will definitely receive Google Fiber by the end of this year.