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Google will begin updating an existing fiber network as soon as the deal is complete

It's only been a short while since Google announced that it would be expanding its Google Fiber internet service into Austin, Texas. However, Google has already announced its next destination for its incredibly fast fiber-optic internet access: Provo, Utah.

Google says that Utah is home to hundreds of tech companies and startups, many of which are startups based in Provo. Google also points out that the Provo area ranks second in the nation in patent growth and is consistently ranked as one of the top places to live and do business in within the United States.

Google says that to bring its fiber service to Provo, it signed an agreement to purchase iProvo, an existing fiber-optic network that is currently owned by the city. Part of the purchase requirement is for Google to commit to upgrade the network to support gigabit technology and to finish the network construction so every home along the existing network can get access to Google Fiber.

Google says that it plans to offer its free 5 Mbps internet service to every home along the existing fiber-optic network at no cost other than a $30 activation fee. There will be no monthly charge for the service for at least seven years.
Google also plans to offer its Fiber TV service and provide free gigabit internet service to 25 local public institutions including schools, hospitals, and libraries.

Source: Google

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I like their business model
By BRB29 on 4/18/2013 11:03:28 AM , Rating: 4
This is an incredible business move by Google. They sell internet ads so they give internet access to people for free. They get good publicity and also improve our economy, standard of living, and crushing the BS business practices of companies like Comcast, ATT, Time Warner, etc...

It's a win win for everyone. I just hope Google doesn't turn to the dark side in the future.

RE: I like their business model
By Ammohunt on 4/18/2013 11:38:39 AM , Rating: 2
I would rather pay a premium for clean unrestricted 10mbps/10mbps internet than to get 1gbps free.

RE: I like their business model
By kmmatney on 4/18/2013 12:36:33 PM , Rating: 3
I take it you don't live in Kansas City or Austin...

RE: I like their business model
By Ammohunt on 4/18/2013 1:18:02 PM , Rating: 2
Just wary of things labeled "Free!" there isn't such a thing. I have no need for services other that Internet access with equal upload speed as download.

RE: I like their business model
By HrilL on 4/18/2013 1:30:39 PM , Rating: 2
Only 5mbps up/down is free. The 1Gbps is $70 a month and if you want TV its $130 or $120 can't remember that exactly right now..

RE: I like their business model
By Ammohunt on 4/18/2013 2:23:48 PM , Rating: 3
Right i understand; i believe its 7mb that free. True is i was exaggerating for dramatic effect to get a simple point across that being to Beware a Megacorp bearing gifts.

RE: I like their business model
By tviceman on 4/18/2013 4:39:08 PM , Rating: 4
Google is coming in and bearing gifts in markets that Timer Warner, AT&T, and other telecom companies have colluded in to stifle innovation and keep prices high. Megacorp or not, Google is shaking up the markets they are entering and creating a competitive landscape that previously did not exist. I welcome that and you should too.

RE: I like their business model
By kmmatney on 4/18/2013 6:12:19 PM , Rating: 2
My "blast" internet (50/10) from Comcast is now $75, and my Direct TV is $62 for 2 TVs on the cheapest plan (it would be higher but I phoned in and complained). So this would be cheaper, and faster, way more channels, and you get a Nexus 7. I'd sign up...

RE: I like their business model
By BRB29 on 4/19/2013 8:29:14 AM , Rating: 2
I'm actually more interested in the comcast/verizon package being pushed down to $40 a month. I don't need 1gbps internet or 600 channels.
That's why I think google fiber should come to the DC area ASAP!

RE: I like their business model
By BRB29 on 4/18/2013 2:14:35 PM , Rating: 2

I would rather pay a premium for clean unrestricted 10mbps/10mbps internet than to get 1gbps free.

It is unrestricted and it's 5 mbps.

Pay for the 1 Gbps for $70 then.

They're giving you internet for free because they know their box is going to be there with a big Google label on it. Google is all about subliminal, unobtrusive, smart advetisement.

I don't understand why people still complain when it's free. Yea sure they collect your surfing data to see where you go but so does every other ISP and they charge you.

RE: I like their business model
By xti on 4/18/2013 3:19:06 PM , Rating: 2
seee...and collecting data shouldnt matter. Everyone knows its something like:

work website
more porn

RE: I like their business model
By BRB29 on 4/19/2013 8:27:38 AM , Rating: 2
damn! got me!
and gaming.

But seriously, google only cares what you are looking up to buy to send you relevant ads. I find it funny that so many people think when big corps collect data, it's all their personal stuff like credit cards, bank accounts, what dirty emails they write to their significant others lol.

RE: I like their business model
By k3v1nb1 on 4/20/2013 6:54:20 PM , Rating: 2
Wait! Wait!

There is someone providing clean unrestricted internet? Where? Who?

I have a son in Provo (he works in high tech). He has an empty bedroom downstairs. I really think my grandson needs QUANTITY time with his granddad!

Seriously, this is a great advantage for Provo residents and would definitely influence where I choose to live.

For the person that pointed out that much of the high tech is north, that is partially true, but a huge number of the employees choose to live in Provo. And lets not forget 30,000 students at BYU and 30,000 more at UVU.

RE: I like their business model
By Jeffk464 on 4/21/2013 10:46:40 PM , Rating: 2
Dang it, I'm only 15 miles away.

By orioniic on 4/18/2013 9:53:37 AM , Rating: 2
I hope they buy the fiber network in Brigham City!!!

RE: Awesome
By SaltBoy on 4/18/2013 10:50:59 AM , Rating: 2
Lucky old people.

RE: Awesome
By SaltBoy on 4/18/2013 10:51:12 AM , Rating: 2
Lucky old parents

RE: Awesome
By BRB29 on 4/18/2013 10:57:55 AM , Rating: 2
Unlucky DC residents :(

For those not in the know
By GatoRat on 4/18/2013 10:59:38 AM , Rating: 2
iProvo was built several years ago at a monstrous cost and has been losing massive amounts of money since. It has a very low subscriber rate. Despite this purchase, the City of Provo will likely not make their money back.

The irony is that Provo itself has relatively few high tech other than what's left of Novell and a handful of other companies. Most of the high tech companies are north of Provo in Orem, Lindon, Lehi, Draper and so on.

RE: For those not in the know
By BRB29 on 4/18/2013 11:05:57 AM , Rating: 2
It was a good attempt by Provo just like many other cities tried to do. However, we all know governments are not good with being efficient. It's better that it will be handed to a company that actually offer the service for free.

By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 4/18/2013 3:18:02 PM , Rating: 2
Google bought the existing infrastructure for $1, but committed to upgrades etc... Even if they had to rip everything out and start from scratch at least they have all the right of ways and everything already in place, so the deal must make sense for them.

Fiber is a necessity not a luxury
By Shig on 4/18/2013 7:46:49 PM , Rating: 3
Until we get this into the brains of everyone on the planet, we're going to continue becoming extorted by the AT&Ts, the Comcasts, etc.

Fiber is as relevant to a modern city and modern life as it is to have electricity. Until you can accept and truly believe that, there will be a permanent underclass that won't be able to afford to be online with the rest of us.

But who cares right? Comcast's CEO took how a 38 million $ stock bonus. Yay 1%.

RE: Fiber is a necessity not a luxury
By Shig on 4/18/2013 7:47:27 PM , Rating: 2

Verizon FiOS
By btc909 on 4/18/2013 12:10:58 PM , Rating: 2
I greatly enjoy Verizon FiOS but I wouldn't miss the ever increasing monthly fees. FYI nice scam with FiOS Quantum which is just a few mouse clicks on your end to give me more speed for another $10 bucks a month or $120 a year.

RE: Verizon FiOS
By BRB29 on 4/18/2013 2:16:29 PM , Rating: 2
yea, the prices are getting ridiculous, especially the cable packages. I just want freaking HBO!! and end up with 300 other channels.

What the hell!
By kmmatney on 4/18/2013 12:38:08 PM , Rating: 2
WTF! They go from Austin to Utah, skipping right over Denver!

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