Google Fiber Installation Halted After Resident Complaints

Jan 12, 2017

San Antonio has halted the construction of Google Fiber throughout the city.

The size of the huts, which are the network hubs for the high speed internet provider, raised questions about impact on the neighborhoods they would be in.

The first Google Fiber hut began construction in July of 2016. That was several months and many complaints ago.


Mayor Ivy Taylor said seeing them plotted out in a south side neighborhood made her question the placements of the network.

"When I went out to the lot on the south side — a vacant lot between two homes — and I saw the mass and scale of it in comparison to the houses nearby, it just led to a lot of questions," Taylor said.

Initially, Google proposed 40 hut sites. The city asked for fewer huts to minimize disruption, and they settled on 17 after Google re-engineered and increased the capacity of each hut. 

Now, remaining hut locations are under review and city staff have been asked to avoid city parks and neighborhoods. This means they need new locations for half of the remaining huts.

Despite this City Councilman Mike Gallagher remains optimistic about the project timeline.

"I don't think it will be very long at all," Gallagher said. "The city staff has done a very good job of examining a lot of properties."

He said he expects to be back on track in a couple of months.

Paul Flahive can be reached at paul@tpr.org or on Twitter @paulflahive

CORRECTION: The size of the Google Fiber Hut structure has been updated. The fenced-in lot size is roughly 50 by 30, and the structures are 30 by 12 feet.