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Councilman seeks citywide broadband access

June 11, 2014

Bobadilla, Natalie

High-speed internet connection for everyone may be on the horizon.

Dist. 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg is working hard to expand access to citywide broadband.

Recently, he filed a request for city staff to come up with a unified strategy to ensure equal distribution of information and technology infrastructure, including mobile and broadband data, in all comers of the city.

Google Fiber and AT&T are two privates companies currently studying the feasibility of bringing their high-speed internet options to the city.

"Right now private service providers are working on plans to basically deliver broadband services, but we want to do it in a strategic way," Nirenberg told La Prensa. "What this request is doing is basically asking for a unified strategy by the city to help deploy that information and technology in a way that addresses our needs as a city for equitable access."

In his request, Nirenberg stated that in the 21 st century, broadband and mobile data access is a utility, not a luxury.

"Information technology forms the very basis for commerce in this era of digital technology," Nirenberg said. "Providing equitable access citywide is vital for us to have a strong and healthy San Antonio economy."

According to Nirenberg, citywide access to information technology infrastructure will ensure an equality of opportunity for all individuals, businesses and public institutions.

Backing up the request is Dist. 2. Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, Dist. 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran, Dist. 4 Councilman Rey SaldaÑa and Dist. 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales.

The issue will be discussed at the Governance Council Committee meeting next week.

By Natalie Bobadilla

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Source: La Prensa (San Antonio, TX)

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