Google Fiber gets green light to deliver 1 Gbps service in San Antonio

Google Fiber (NASDAQ: GOOG) has received a license from the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) to operate as an ISP in San Antonio's city limits where it would face off with AT&T (NYSE: T), reports the San Antonio Current.

Typical of how it has been moving into each city it serves or plans to serve, Google Fiber has not provided any specific details about its plans for the city yet.

"San Antonio has been great to work with as we have explored bringing Google Fiber to the city, and this amendment to our state franchise is an important next step," Google Fiber said in a statement. "There's still a lot of work to do, but we hope to provide an update about whether we can bring Google Fiber to San Antonio soon."

Earlier this month, the Texas PUC approved a June 5 application by Google Fiber Austin to expand its footprint to include San Antonio limits.

No less than a week later, Texas' PUC approved the application for San Antonio.

Although San Antonio was not chosen by Google Fiber in January as one of its next targets for its ongoing fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) build, San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor's staff said that the service provider already has a team present in the city, which has hired engineering companies.

The overall size and topography of San Antonio poses a challenge for Google Fiber to build a FTTP network. San Antonio is the seventh most populated city in the U.S. and the second largest populated city in the state of Texas.

If Google does decide to light its 1 Gbps service in San Antonio it will have to battle with AT&T, which has indicated the city is one of its potential targets for FTTP service.

For more:
- San Antonio Current has this article

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