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Google Brings Fiber to Utah

18 Apr, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

Provo, Utah, is the third city set to get Google Fiber, Google announced April 17.

Already available in Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., and prepped for launch in Austin, Texas, in 2014, Google Fiber offers consumers a 1 gigabit high-speed fiber optic network.

“Utah is already home to hundreds of tech companies and startups, and many of them are based in Provo,” Google Fiber GM Kevin Lo wrote in a blog post. “In fact, 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 the U.S. We believe the future of the Internet will be built on gigabit speeds, and we’re sure the businesses and residents of Provo already have some good ideas for what they’d build with a gig.”

Google has signed an agreement to acquire iProvo, an existing fiber-optic network owned by the city, and is awaiting an April 23 city council vote to approve the purchase.

If approved, Google would upgrade the network and offer free 5 Mbps Internet to all area residents (for a $30 activation fee) and sell gigabit Internet and TV service for a monthly fee. Google has promised to provide free gigabit Internet service to 25 local schools, hospitals and libraries.

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