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, Oregon and Salt Lake City.
San Antonio City Council member Diego Bernal tweeted his enthusiasm for the proposal.
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!— Diego Bernal (@D1egoBernal) February 19, 2014
“San Antonians deserve faster Internet speeds and better broadband access,” Mayor Julian 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, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri and Provo, Utah. It's coming to Austin 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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report