Google Fiber Expands to Provo, Utah
April 18, 2013 8:56 AM
Google will begin updating an existing fiber network as soon as the deal is complete
It's only been a short while since Google
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.
"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet. A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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