By Joyce Deuley
San Antonio, the 7th largest city in the US, is currently ramping up its Internet offerings for citizens with AT&T’s launch of GigaFiber a few months back, August’s announcement of Google Fiber, and yesterday’s announcement of the city’s VIA Transit deployment of Internet services across its entire fleet and properties. Yesterday, with a fiesta-like atmosphere, VIA kicked off its new set of perks to offer upgraded connectivity services to commuters across the city. The company has teamed up with Verizon and Cradlepoint to equip all of its vehicles, bus stops, and park and rides with free 4G LTE services, allowing for commuters to stay connected, wherever they may ride.
Previously, VIA had only offered 3G connectivity services within its express and Primo route lines, but as San Antonio is one of the largest cities in the U.S. and the company provides transportation for 13 cities in the surrounding San Antonio area, many commuters were underserved. But, with new access to 4G LTE from the bus stop to their destination, San Antonio commuters will be able to better manage their time while in transit. The impact of these upgraded connectivity services will be huge: last year, VIA provided 44 million rides to San Antonians, imagine how much that number will grow over the next year as more commuters can get work done in transit.
This shift is reflective of the city’s ultimate goal—to modernize and become a technology hub it’s own right. To do this, the city has recognized that this cannot happen in a vacuum. In addition to Google’s and AT&T’s Fiber offerings and VIA’s new connectivity services, San Antonio has been working diligently with the tech community and has seen serious growth and opportunity over the last couple of years, with new tech companies coming moving to the area all the time.
But, this push for modernity and technological relevance isn’t just happening in San Antonio. New Braunfels, a small town nestled between San Antonio and Austin, has also been increasing its involvement in IoT by rolling out a series of smart grid solutions (read more HERE). And, we can’t discount the tech hub that is Austin or how influential Dallas has been to the industry. Big things are happening in the Lone Star State, and as many know, everything is bigger in Texas, even our IoT.