The City of San Antonio this week will take the first steps toward getting the world's fastest internet service into your home and office, 1200 WOAI news reports.
San Antonio City Council on Thursday is expected to approve the lease of city owned land for the construction of so called 'Google Fiber Huts,' the 26 foot by 11 foot prefabricated buildings which will house the brains of the Google Fiber operation.
The way Google Fiber works, a 'fiber ring' will be constructed surrounding the service area, mainly San Antonio and some close-in suburbs like Leon Valley.
Fibers will branch out from the ring to the Good Fiber Huts, where they will branch out to what are called 'fiber-hoods,' that is a group of homes served by the same hut.
As soon as there is enough consumer interest in the fiber-hood for Google Fiber internet and cable TV service, the fiber-hood will be 'activated' and Google will run the fiber room the Hut to individual homes and businesses.
The deal to be worked out by Google is for a 20 year lease for the Huts, at $2250 per Hut per year.
Since one of the reasons why Google selected San Antonio for the roil out of Google Fiber is the fact that city-owned CPS Energy already owns rights of way into homes across the city. The location of the Huts has yet to be determined.
Each Hut will be surrounded by a tall fence and will have electric power and right of way access from nearby parking areas.
Google Fiber is promising Internet speeds of one gigabit per second, or 100 times the current average speed of about 9.8 megabits per second. The speed will allow users to download an HD movie in less than two minutes. The monthly cost of Google Fiber is expected to be $70, and with cable TV added, $120 a month.