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Provo, Utah Third City Getting Google Fiber

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Google has already chosen its third Google Fiber city.

The Google Fiber blog reports that the company has chosen the third destination for its Gigabit Internet: Provo, Utah. To accomplish this, Google said that it has agreed to acquire iProvo, an existing fiber-optic network owned by the city. As part of the agreement, Google will upgrade the existing network to Gigabit technology and finish the network construction originally started by the city.

"Our agreement with Provo isn’t approved yet—it’s pending a vote by the City Council scheduled for next Tuesday, April 23," said Kevin Lo, General Manager of Google Fiber. "We intend to begin the network upgrades as soon as the closing conditions are satisfied and the deal is closed."

Lo said that Provo began constructing their own municipal network in 2004 because access to high speed connectivity was important to the community's future. However in 2011 the city began looking for a partner that would acquire the network and provide an affordable service. With Google in the picture, citizens may get free access to 5 Mbps Internet for at least seven years (after a $30 activation fee)… if the deal is approved, that is.

"We would also offer Google Fiber Gigabit Internet -- up to 100x faster Internet than today’s average broadband speeds -- and the option for Google Fiber TV service with hundreds of your favorite channels," he said. "We’d also provide free Gigabit Internet service to 25 local public institutions like schools, hospitals and libraries."

Lo pointed out that Utah is home to hundreds of tech companies and startups, many of which reside in or near Provo. Even more, the Provo area is ranked as second in the nation for patent growth, and typically ranked as one of the top places in the nation to do business and to live. That said, Gigabit Ethernet should help innovation flourish.

"Today, I did something that just two other U.S. Mayors have had the pleasure of doing – I announced that Google Fiber intends to make Provo its third 'Google Fiber City'," said Provo mayor John Curtis in a blog. "This is, as they say, “big news.” It allows us to finally implement a viable solution to the city’s ongoing iProvo troubles, a personal goal of mine since taking office. But it’s much bigger than that."

The city of Provo also distributed a press release announcing its agreement with Google which can be read here.

Last week, Google announced the second destination for its Gigabit Internet coverage: Austin, Texas. It’s a "mecca for creativity and entrepreneurialism", said Milo Medin, Vice President of Google Fiber, with thriving artistic and tech communities, as well as the University of Texas and its new medical research hospital. The goal is to start connecting homes in Austin by mid-2014.


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    Onihikage , April 17, 2013 8:06 PM
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    Happy with my 110 mbs service for a $100 a month. They can have it and those Utes.


    You'd rather pay $100 a month for 110 Mbps, instead of $70 a month for 1 Gbps? Do you hate money or something?
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    shikamaru31789 , April 17, 2013 6:43 PM
    Bah, I hate hearing about Google Fiber. All it does is make me sad because I know it'll never come to my city. All those lucky people getting free 5 mbit internet and access to gigabit internet. Meanwhile I'm stuck here paying $38 a month for 2 mbit 100-300ms DSL and trying to play First Person Shooters on it.
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    beoza , April 17, 2013 7:20 PM
    This is pretty cool since I live in Utah. We do have our own high speed internet access called UTOPIA (Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency) that runs on fiber lines. Google shouldn't have that hard of a time adding Provo since there's already fiber lines next door in Orem. Lots of Tech companies located in and around the Provo area, and most of them hiring. Really why not put it in Utah since the U of U was one of the original 4 Universities involved in ARPAnet (UCLA, Stanford Research Institute, UC Santa Barbara, and the University of Utah), the forerunner of today's modern internet.
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    Anonymous , April 17, 2013 7:35 PM
    Happy with my 110 mbs service for a $100 a month. They can have it and those Utes.
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    Onihikage , April 17, 2013 8:06 PM
    Quote:
    Happy with my 110 mbs service for a $100 a month. They can have it and those Utes.


    You'd rather pay $100 a month for 110 Mbps, instead of $70 a month for 1 Gbps? Do you hate money or something?
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    twelve25 , April 17, 2013 9:49 PM
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    Happy with my 110 mbs service for a $100 a month. They can have it and those Utes.


    You just committed a major faux paus. The Utes are in Salt Lake City and are hated rivals of the BYU Cougars from Provo. You might as well have called Obama a Conservative at a gun rally. :) 

    Unfortunately I missed Google Fiber by about 20 miles and honestly 10-20Mb is fast enough unless you are leeching/hosting, but who wouldn't take gigabit for a good price? :) 
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    beoza , April 18, 2013 3:53 AM
    twelve25 you got that right about them being hated rivals, both cities go nuts here when they play each other! The rivalry is very much akin to the NY Yankee's and Brooklyn Dodgers (before the Dodgers moved to the West coast) although that particular rivalry is before my time. I'd much rather pay less for more, I'm paying roughly $60 (after taxes and fees) for 50/10Mbps here in SLC. Only reason I have the faster speeds is we have 4 pc's, a Netflix box, and my phone all on at the same time, so the extra bandwidth comes in handy since 3 of the computers are used for online games. Also makes it nice when I download a game from Steam, like Tomb Raider and Bioshock that I got for free from AMD. I'm just glad there's going to be more competition here (at least in Provo), since our only choices are Comcast and DSL from Century Link.
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    ceh4702 , April 18, 2013 7:19 AM
    To those people that do not know much about Utah, Provo is the location of Brigham Young University (BYU). My son works for a Telecom Company that hosts Servers in Orem. It is a very densely populated area like a lot of areas around Utah. Since most of Utah is mountains, Much of the real estate is at a premium price.
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    ceh4702 , April 18, 2013 7:28 AM
    To those people that do not know much about Utah, Provo is the location of Brigham Young University (BYU). My son works for a Telecom Company that hosts Servers in Orem. It is a very densely populated area like a lot of areas around Utah. Since most of Utah is mountains, Much of the real estate is at a premium price.
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    idiom , April 18, 2013 7:42 AM
    Wow. With a 1Gbps connection, LDS teens will finally be able to download bubble porn with raw efficiency. Excelsior!
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    TheBigTroll , April 18, 2013 8:47 AM
    wont be seeing google fiber in canada anytime soon then. the big 3 will sue the crap out of google that way
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    dalethepcman , April 18, 2013 11:47 AM
    Google seems to be targeting well to do locations that are population of near 100k, and population density at or above 3000/sq mile. I would expect them to target a location in the north east and the north west next, and possible in the south east.

    Kent Washington is a prime target with their explosive population growth recently
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    darkokills , April 18, 2013 12:38 PM
    This is awesome. Good bye Comcast lol. The best part is the new gigabit network should be fully rolled out by the end of this year. It's a good time to live in provo.
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    darkokills , April 18, 2013 12:58 PM
    This is awesome. Good bye Comcast lol. The best part is the new gigabit network should be fully rolled out by the end of this year. It's a good time to live in provo.
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    twelve25 , April 18, 2013 1:16 PM
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    It is a very densely populated area like a lot of areas around Utah. Since most of Utah is mountains, Much of the real estate is at a premium price.


    Pretty much completely false, but thanks for trying!
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    twelve25 , April 18, 2013 1:21 PM
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    Google seems to be targeting well to do locations that are population of near 100k, and population density at or above 3000/sq mile. I would expect them to target a location in the north east and the north west next, and possible in the south east.



    I think the #1 factor in the case of Provo is that the government tried to launch their own fiber 10 years ago and it is a big money pit that hardly anyone uses. So they are essentially giving it to Google to manage and upgrade. Startup costs are going to be very, very low compared to most cities.

    Provo population density is around 2800/sq. mile, very young and tech savvy population. It's an area where most people would have high speed internet and computers already.

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    twelve25 , April 18, 2013 1:29 PM
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    twelve25 you got that right about them being hated rivals, both cities go nuts here when they play each other! The rivalry is very much akin to the NY Yankee's and Brooklyn Dodgers (before the Dodgers moved to the West coast) although that particular rivalry is before my time. I'd much rather pay less for more, I'm paying roughly $60 (after taxes and fees) for 50/10Mbps here in SLC. Only reason I have the faster speeds is we have 4 pc's, a Netflix box, and my phone all on at the same time, so the extra bandwidth comes in handy since 3 of the computers are used for online games. Also makes it nice when I download a game from Steam, like Tomb Raider and Bioshock that I got for free from AMD. I'm just glad there's going to be more competition here (at least in Provo), since our only choices are Comcast and DSL from Century Link.


    I live in South Jordan..... :) 

    Our house is similar and we do well on 12/4Mbps which is built into my HOA. I'd be surprised if you are actually ever approaching 50Mbps in actual usage. Half the time my downloads are at 1-2Mbps which means I'm not the bottleneck. I have 2 TV's using Hulu/Netflix most nights and 2 PCs and a laptop. Gaming uses very little bandwidth, really, and streaming HD is about 3-4Mbps. I get 20-30 ping in BF3 while my kids are streaming HD video.

    Now again, I'd take fast as I can get for cheap, but I wonder if the $100 or whatever for Gig service will do anything for you in real-world usage other than bragging rights. I bet a lot of people will be more stoked to get the free 5Mbps service.
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    guerrero , April 18, 2013 1:30 PM
    Utah???? Why there lol
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    gity69 , April 18, 2013 7:57 PM
    Damn why Provo? Come to SLC google please! I wouldnt even consider ever living in Provo.
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    twelve25 , April 19, 2013 8:55 AM
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    Damn why Provo? Come to SLC google please! I wouldnt even consider ever living in Provo.


    See the other article on it. Provo is selling them their existing iProvo/UTOPIA network for $1 because they have been losing money on it.
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    hythos , April 20, 2013 2:35 PM
    Hard-earned US tax-dollars at work. I'd expect this is a 'Guv-funded extension of the new data center that's being built 15 miles away from Provo. The pipe is there, Google is just piggy-backing on to it.