Google Fiber coming to San Antonio

Mayor Ivy Taylor announced Wednesday arrival of high-speed Internet service

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor announced Wednesday that Google Fiber is coming to the Alamo City. 

"Google Fiber will provide San Antonio with the competitive business and entrepreneurial edge needed in this era of continuously evolving high-speed technology," Taylor said.

The announcement of the high-speed Internet service was made a press conference at Geekdom. The city said in a statement that the arrival of Google Fiber will improve broadband speed and choice for residents, which the city said has been a priority for years.

"As the seventh-largest city in America, San Antonio has worked closely with Google Fiber to plan a network that will attract and retain the next generation of innovators," Taylor said. "Our residents, neighborhoods and businesses will benefit greatly from having access to ultra-high-speed Internet, and our becoming a Google Fiber community brings us a giant step closer to becoming a community where all our residents are connected to opportunity."

Google Fiber will bring gigabit Internet to San Antonio, with connection speeds of 1,000 megabits per second. The city said the average American broadband speed is 11.9 megabits per second.

Mark Strama, head of Google Fiber Texas, said the infrastructure for the network will take a few years to complete. Strama said he couldn't provide a specific date or timeline of when service will be available for customers or who will get the service first in the Alamo City.

"San Antonio has demonstrated a long-term commitment to bringing fiber-optic networks to its residents," Strama said. "This commitment, coupled with the city's lively startup scene and community-based tech initiatives, played a huge role in our decision to bring Google Fiber to the city. We are incredibly excited to begin our next phase of Google Fiber in Alamo City and witness the amazing things San Antonians do with gigabit Internet."

The next step in the project is to build a new fiber-optic network capable of carrying Google Fiber in San Antonio, the city said. The network planning process is expected to take several months, then Google Fiber will begin its construction.

San Antonio has been on a short list to get Google Fiber since early 2014. Mayor Taylor has been in talks with Google -- even meeting with them at their headquarters shortly after she was elected.

In June, the Public Utility Commission of Texas approved an application by Google Fiber Austin to expand to San Antonio.

Below is an interactive map of Google Fiber cities across the US and expansion plans.

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