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.