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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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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.


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