San Antonio under consideration for super-fast internet service

February 27, 2014 by  

San Antonio is one of nine U.S. cities in which Google is considering implementing its fiber-optic service.

The high-tech system is 100 times faster than the speeds achieved by basic broadband, and is already running in Provo, Utah, and Kansas City. Google Fiber is currently setting up such a network in Austin.

Kevin Lo, General Manager of Google Fiber, acknowledged that most people want faster Internet speeds to help websites load faster and videos play properly, and that people are already aware that constant use can take up a lot of bandwidth. Even so, demand for faster service is growing, and the new fiber-optic system would mean consumers could download photos, videos, or songs in seconds.

Julián Castro, San Antonio’s mayor, says bringing Google’s fiber-optic service to the city would be a “significant win” for businesses and residents, spurring economic growth and attracting entrepreneurs and small technology concerns to San Antonio. The incoming tech companies would help bolster the tech sector that is already in existence here.

Other cities Google is considering are Raleigh and Charlotte in North Carolina, Atlanta in Georgia, Nashville in Tennessee, San Jose in California, Portland in Oregon, and Salt Lake City in Utah.

San Antonio officials could work with brochure printers to create a mailer for residents explaining how the Google Fiber system works and what it can mean for them.