The emergence of the Internet revolutionized the way individuals communicate around the world. The development of this technology began in the 1960s and continues to advance by increasing the speed of data transmission over fiber optic networks.
As the seventh largest city in the United States, San Antonio has been embracing the digital revolution and is fast emerging as a leader in the 21st century economy. Our focus on creating affordable access choices for every resident while improving broadband speeds has been a City priority for years. The City invested in a government fiber network and has spent a lot of time partnering with providers to establish franchise agreements, fiber optic right-of-way agreements, and land lease agreements.
San Antonio is working diligently with broadband providers to transform our city, and become a community where all our residents are connected with access to ultra-high-speed Internet. The momentum that the Alamo City has established toward digital advancement has encouraged existing and emerging tech companies to continue investing in San Antonio through job creation and educational opportunities that will inspire the City’s next generation of innovators.
The City of San Antonio’s Transportation & Capital Improvements department (TCI), in collaboration with the Information and Technology Services department (ITSD), has assembled a Fiber Deployment Management Team that works closely with Fiber providers to ensure that the deployment is well managed with the least impact to the community. The team ensures that there is ample notification and communication with the community impacted by these agencies. The construction related to fiber build-outs can have significant impact to residents; therefore the Fiber Deployment Team will work with broadband providers to develop communication strategies that inform residents of the construction taking place in and around their neighborhoods, manage/provide right of way inspections, and review alternative construction methods to reduce existing utility impacts.
San Antonio residents, neighborhoods and businesses will benefit greatly from becoming a Gigabit community. As a result of the capabilities created by this technology, partnerships between the private and public sectors, can leverage this technology to ensure that San Antonio is a city of opportunity and prosperity by building infrastructure, improving service, and expanding access to residents city-wide.
During the next few years, the City of San Antonio is projecting a significant amount of construction activity related to fiber deployment. This infrastructure will provide residents with options for ultra-fast Internet connections, highest quality video/TV and telephone services as well as other additional services. As of today, there are already more than one hundred crews working for various companies involved in this effort. Here is what you can expect to see:
City Council A Session - September 29, 2016 Micro Trench Pilot Program Presentation
City Council B Session - November 2, 2016 Presentation
City Council B Session - January 18, 2017 Presentation
Transportation Committee - December 14, 2017 Presentation
Construction Concerns - If you have questions or concerns about construction in your area, call the number on the door hanger or contact the appropriate number below:
Construction work in your neighborhood should not disrupt your utility services. Contact your utility provider immediately if you notice disruption in service. Call 911 immediately if you believe there is a danger that threatens life or health.