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How Will Pause In Construction Impact Google Fiber?

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San Antonio City Council members got a few more details Wednesday about delays in building a Google Fiber network.

The city paused construction after residents complained about the size of the 12-by-30 feet Google huts, which house infrastructure for the project. 

Staff members told the City Council they will need to find new locations on city property for 8 of the remaining 15 Google huts to be built. 

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District 3 Councilman Alan Warrick said his constituents are open to keeping as is the hut slated for 325 Gray Street, which is currently a vacant lot.

Deputy City Manager Peter Zanoni said it will still be two to three weeks before the length of the construction delay is clear.

"The component pieces may look different. They may use more wireless. The hut sites, the hut size, the number of of locations, all that is under review and it could change when they come back to us in a couple of weeks," Zanoni said.

City staff members said Google estimates the project will be done in within five years of the start date, which was April of 2016.

Transportation and Capital Improvement staff said the first of three rings is substantially complete. You can see a street by street view of the first ring here.

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