May 1, 2014 By Kolten Parker, McClatchy News Service
San Antonio officials are negotiating with Google Inc. to provide public, outdoor Wi-Fi networks to the city as part of a deal to bring super-fast fiber-optic Internet service.
Hugh Miller, San Antonio's chief technology officer, said he and city leaders have discussed the possibility of public Wi-Fi with Google, but the conversations have centered around infrastructure and logistics and are preliminary in nature.
“We are planning on doing whatever we need to do to help (Google) bring this service to San Antonio,” Miller told the San Antonio Express-News. “We provide some type of public access to some parks, the airport and libraries now and if they want to augment that, it is a great option for us and for them.”
The city will step up negotiations for outdoor Wi-Fi, which would likely be free, if the California-based Internet giant selects San Antonio for its fiber-optic service.