Internet is broken in this country, and it's all thanks to a lack of competition. We know that the free market works when there's healthy rivalry for customers. But in most areas, you only have one or two choices for your ISP.
Google is trying to change that by undercutting everyone with ultra-fast Internet at a low cost. Its service is called Google Fiber, and just as it sounds, when Google chooses a city for the service it lays thousands of miles of fiber-optic cable to provide its 1 gigabit per second Internet service. For perspective, the average U.S. Internet speed is 12 megabits per second.
San Antonio will be the next city to get Google Fiber, joining Kansas City, Austin and Provo, Utah. The Texas tech-hub is the largest of the Google Fiber projects so far, with a population of 1.4 million.
San Antonio residents will still have to wait a while to enjoy Google Fiber. The expansion is still in its design phase; construction of the infrastructure is yet to happen. The same waiting game is playing out in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, as well as Atlanta, Nashville and Salt Lake City.
Google has another three metropolises lined up for Fiber expansion. Phoenix; Portland, Oregon, and San Jose, California, are all "potential Fiber cities," according to the tech giant.
In Kansas City, Austin and Provo, where Fiber's already arrived, the 1 gigabit per second service is $70 a month, with a $300 construction fee waived. But for people who don't need that sort of speed, basic 5 megabits per second service is free if you pay the $300 construction fee.
You can input your address to see if Fiber's plans include your home by clicking this link. And if your town's not on Google Fiber's radar just yet, it will send you to a page where you enter your email address to hear right away if and when Fiber will be in your area.
Keep up to date on the latest Google Fiber news and everything tech on our Happening Now page.