Google buys iProvo as Provo, UT officially becomes the third Google Fiber city


Google didn’t wait another year to announce the third city that Fiber would be coming to. The company has just confirmed that Provo, UT would be getting its own piece of Google’s high-speed gigabit network. Google identified Provo as an important launch as its growing status as a tech hub for startups and innovation. Provo is the second fastest growing city in terms of technology patents, a distinction we’d say is worthy of Google’s attention.

Google had to purchase local fiber-optic service provider to get the ball rolling on this one, and that should be good news as it means it will already have a nice head start. Google will begin the process of upgrading the existing network to gigabit speeds as soon as the City Council votes on the proposal next Tuesday, April 23rd.

If approved, Provoans would get the same neat treatment that folks in Austin and Kansas City are promised, which includes free 5 megabit service for up to 7 years for anyone willing to pay the affordable $30 installation fee. On top of that, Google will provide 25 public institutions — like schools, hospitals, and libraries — with free gigabit internet. Head over to the source link for more details.

[via Google Blog]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Good guy Google/skynet

  2. $30? I think I can swing that.

    1. I think this is a typo and it’s $300.
      EDIT: Yep, it’s $300: https://fiber.google.com/about/

      1. If it’s a typo then it’s on Google’s part. That sounds a little more realistic, but I will wait for confirmation.

        1. No its not on googles part. It is 300

          1. Google’s blog post also says $30. Check the source link. It looks like it only applies to people in Provo though. Everyone else it’s still $300.

          2. I think where the confusion lies is between installation and activation; everywhere but in the Provo info it talks about an installation, whereas in the Provo info it only talks about a $30 activation(plus applicable taxes), 3 times specifically. I’m so excited at this awesome prospect here in Utah valley!!!

          3. Lol, OK. Check the source link (where I got the info). This very well may be accurate because unlike other cities, Google is using the existent iProvo installation, thus no need for costly installation. Again, I will try to get confirmation from Google, but the typo wasn’t on my part and I won’t change it until I hear otherwise.

      2. Even at $300, that’s only $3.57 a month over the course of 7 years. I even remember Google saying before that the $300 installation fee can be broken up.

      3. Damn lol. Well still worth it though.

  3. With Google Fiber I could cut the cord on my local provider (Charter) and save $40/month. Sure 5 Mb isn’t nearly as fast as I have now, but it is certainly livable.

    1. 5Mb*

      sorry, I’m just trying to avoid others confusion.

  4. I live in Salt Lake City so Google just about 35 miles to go!

  5. Damn. After the Austin announcement and as a student at UT I misread this as some kind of partnership with the university to provide on campus Google Fiber…

    Btw, for anyone who didn’t know, UT already provides its own gigabit connection to any student who opts in (my speeds are generally a half a gigabit down and up).

  6. $30 installation fee? Gotta love these typos (Note to author: It’s $300, not $30.)

    1. It’s a $30 activation. That’s the typo. The question is if there is any further installation costs, as the Provo info doesn’t state.

      1. It was $300 in all of the other cities with Fiber. And I mean INSTALLATION.

        1. What do the other cities have to do with Provo? In case you didn’t read, Google would be using an existent fiber installation that will make it possible for them to deliver gigabit speeds to homes without having to do completely new installations or an overhaul. The typo, if it is one, was not on my part.

  7. It’s probably cause the fiber network already exists, so no $300 charge, just an activation fee. Makes sense that there’s no install charge for a network that already exists.

  8. I’m just waiting for them to also start up a wireless network so that I can actually have a phone that doesn’t have any stupid bloat, get timely updates, works on incredible speeds, reasonable monthly fees, etc etc. Please bring Google Fiber to Hawaii! Go Go Gadgoogle!

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