Update: Mayor Taylor announces Google Fiber coming to SA

Infrastructure will take a 'few years' to complete


SAN ANTONIO[10 A.M. UPDATE: San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor announced at a news conference Wednesday that Google Fiber will be coming to San Antonio. "I'm thrilled to announce that Google Fiber will be coming to San Antonio," Taylor said.

Mark Strama of Google Fiber 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.]

It hasn't happened as fast as information can travel on Google's Fiber network, but after nearly two years of talks and speculation it appears San Antonio may be on the verge of joining the Google Fiber world.

KSAT-12 learned late Tuesday from several City Hall sources that Google has a big announcement planned for Wednesday.

According to a City of San Antonio press release, Mayor Ivy Taylor is scheduled to announce a new project Wednesday morning that will bring innovative, economic and entrepreneurial opportunities to the community.

Mayor Taylor's press conference will be held at Geekdom in downtown San Antonio.

KSAT-12 will livestream the mayor's press conference which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

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.

If that's not a positive sign, Google has posted a job for a City Manager for Google Fiber San Antonio.

The job description said, "Your job will be to drive our customer acquisition strategy and execution in your market, to lead a large cross-functional team, and to support our local outreach to city and state government, utilities, businesses, and organizations. Since our go-to-market strategy is grassroots focused and dependent on joint programs and events with local partners, your role is integral to the overall business of Google Fiber in this market."

Google Fiber has a connection that's up to 1,000 megabits per second. For non-tech people, that means downloads happen about 100 times faster than a basic cable modem.

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