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Google is Buying Provo's Existing Fiber Network for a Dollar

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Google's picking up where Provo left off.

Earlier this week, Google named Provo, Utah as the third Google Fiber City. Part of the deal was that Google would have to buy iProvo, an existing fiber-optic network owned by the city. As per the agreement, Google will upgrade the existing network to Gigabit technology and finish the network construction originally started by the city. Today, a little more information emerged about the financial side of the deal.

The Associated Press reports that Google will purchase Provo's iProvo network for just one dollar. According to the AP, Provo will be paying off loans on the $39 million network for 12 years to come. Google will purchase the network for the princely sum of $1 and offer residents of Provo, Utah internet free of charge following a $30 connection fee.

Google's upgrades to the network will involve replacing infrastructure put in place by Provo, and Deputy Mayor Corey Norman estimates that it will cost Google around $30 million to finish. Pricing for customers in Kansas City (and soon Austin) is a bit different. Right now, Kansas City's Internet + TV package is $120 a month, while the Internet Only package is $70 per month. Customers can avail of free internet if they pay a $300 construction fee.

Google's agreement with Provo isn't final just yet. It's pending approval from Provo City Council. A vote is scheduled for next Tuesday, April 23, so we'll keep you posted!

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    teh_chem , April 19, 2013 8:29 AM
    Can't think of a better time for a Robocop movie reference, "I'll buy that for a dollar!"
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    twelve25 , April 19, 2013 9:11 AM
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    I'll pay $2 for it instead, pls msg me for details :p 


    Now you only have to come up with $30 million to finish the project.... :) 
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    teh_chem , April 19, 2013 8:29 AM
    Can't think of a better time for a Robocop movie reference, "I'll buy that for a dollar!"
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    icemunk , April 19, 2013 8:35 AM
    I'll pay $2 for it instead, pls msg me for details :p 
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    whiteodian , April 19, 2013 8:36 AM
    $3!
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    kawininjazx , April 19, 2013 8:40 AM
    I hope I have fiber one day, I pay $70 a month for comcast's somewhat realiable somewhat fast cable internet.
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    g00fysmiley , April 19, 2013 8:42 AM
    i'll bid... about three fifty
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    twelve25 , April 19, 2013 9:11 AM
    Quote:
    I'll pay $2 for it instead, pls msg me for details :p 


    Now you only have to come up with $30 million to finish the project.... :) 
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    IT_pokeoscar , April 19, 2013 9:19 AM
    Wow... Nice... And I'm here in Mexico Struggling paying $30 US Dlls @ Month for just 5Mb/s
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    Seansjohnson , April 19, 2013 9:26 AM
    Its a 300 dollar connection fee.
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    dark_knight33 , April 19, 2013 9:32 AM
    I know where I'm house hunting next. ;) 
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    slomo4sho , April 19, 2013 9:57 AM
    Because your privacy IS our business: Google ISP.
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    rajangel , April 19, 2013 10:01 AM
    I admit I am a little sad to see the Utopia network go. It brought a lot of business to Utah.

    But free internet after a connection fee? Nice. Though I am still sad to see this publicly funded project sold for one dollar. And that we still have to pay for it. Only to have it become a private project. Its fair but unfair. 39 million left in the project could fund school improvement for most of Utah.

    I was pissed when the Utopia project was voted down. And now I'm more pissed that it turned out this way. Thanks Utah.
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    cgsample , April 19, 2013 10:39 AM
    Austin needs faster Pr0n than Provo
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    MANOFKRYPTONAK , April 19, 2013 12:08 PM
    Im in Alaska, internet is horrible one of the slowest in the world. But I can still game on it and it rarely goes down.
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    borisof007 , April 19, 2013 3:01 PM
    Google was playing "Price is Right"
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    Camikazi , April 19, 2013 3:10 PM
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    Its a 300 dollar connection fee.

    Everywhere I looked says it's $30 for Provo residents, the $300 is for other cities. The low amount seems to be part of the deal that Google is making with the city and not a set thing for every city.
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    pclee , April 19, 2013 7:30 PM
    Finally it seems reasonable internet fees are coming to the US.
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    tarzan2001 , April 19, 2013 10:23 PM
    Even paying a one-time fee of $300 to have unlimited internet at super high speeds after that is a really good deal!
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    cashews , April 20, 2013 12:57 AM
    So basically the $1 cost Google $38,999,999... ouch!
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    damien66 , April 23, 2013 8:25 AM
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    I hope I have fiber one day, I pay $70 a month for comcast's somewhat realiable somewhat fast cable internet.


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    Wow... Nice... And I'm here in Mexico Struggling paying $30 US Dlls @ Month for just 5Mb/s


    Here in India we pay roughly 20$ per month for just 1Mbps