In the most tech-y way possible, Google Fiber announced it is coming to San Antonio. On November 13, the tech giant wrote a simple tweet to its followers, saying: "Hello, #SanAntonio. #GoogleFiber has arrived. Sign-ups are now open in some areas, with more to come." Then it added a gif of a man dancing.
Though announced without the grandeur of say, the Gettysburg Address, this is big news for Alamo City. From now until December 21, residents living near Westover Hills and around West End Park on the near west side can sign up for Fiber 1000, the company's flagship service.
Residents can check if their address is eligible for Google Fiber by going to this website. Folks who aren't yet eligible can sign up to receive updates as Google adds more neighborhoods.
Fiber 1000 delivers high-speed internet service at around 1,000 megabits per second (we don't really know what that means, but it's fast), and is available for $55 per month to San Antonio residents who sign up beginning today. Google also offers YouTube TV for an additional $35 per month.
San Antonio will be just the 12th city in the U.S., and the second in Texas, to get access to the coveted service. For many cities, including Kansas City, which was the first place to get Fiber, access to high-speed internet is viewed as an economic game changer.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg says he hopes that San Antonio will also benefit from the arrival of Fiber. “Access to high-speed broadband is a critical piece of creating an economically viable city,” said Nirenberg in a release. “This infrastructure is crucial to enhanced economic development and educational opportunities for San Antonians.”