100x faster internet: Google Fiber may be coming to San Antonio

100x faster internet: Google Fiber may be coming to San Antonio

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100x faster internet: Google Fiber may be coming to San Antonio

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by KENS 5 & AP

The Associated Press

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 10:22 AM

 SAN ANTONIO  -- Google announced Wednesday that San Antonio is one of nine metro areas in the U.S. that may soon get access to Google Fiber -- a super high-speed internet connection that boasts speeds 'up to 100 times faster than basic broadband.'

The tech giant is planning to offer broadband Internet service in 34 more cities scattered across eight states in an ambitious expansion aimed at providing formidable competition to cable and telecommunication providers. Other cities on Google's list include: Atlanta; San Jose, Calif.; Phoenix; Portland, Ore. and Salt Lake City.

Councilman Diego Bernal tweeted, "Today we announced that SA is now on track to be a Google Fiber City. That means internet speeds 100x faster than now. Let's go!"

“San Antonians deserve faster Internet speeds and better broadband access,” Mayor Castro said. “We’re working hard to make that happen — and I’m confident that we will accomplish our goal.”

Google Fiber currently is available in three cities: Kansas City, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo. and Provo, Utah. It's coming to Austin, Texas this year.

"It takes a lot of collaboration with cities to build a new network. So that’s why, over the next few months, the Mayor and city leaders of San Antonio will be working closely with Google on a joint-planning process, to determine what it would take to build a new fiber-optic network in the area, " Jenna Wandres with Google said.

Google is expected to announce which cities will receive Google Fiber later this year.

With the opening of Geekdom and several other startup incubators, San Antonio has worked hard to become the epicenter of everything tech-related in South Texas.

"Google chose to explore the possibility of bringing Fiber to San Antonio because the city and Mayor Castro have been committed to improving broadband speeds for years," Wandres said.

The blueprint unveiled Wednesday is tentative because Google Inc. needs to work out logistics with government leaders in the communities where it hopes to build the networks needed to deliver its service.

Representatives from Google will be conducting detailed studies on Bexar County, related to infrastructure, housing density and flood zones.

"There's plenty of fiber-optic cable in America already, but very little of it goes directly to people's homes -- so this means your internet signal travels at Autobahn speed for most of its journey, but then slows down as it gets near your house. Google Fiber aims to change that."

According to Google, the average connection speed in the U.S. is 9.8 Mbps, which ranks America as 9th in the world. With Google Fiber, users can reportedly purchase and download an entire digital movie in less than two minutes.

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