The Google Fiber team has announced the third city to get the Gigabit internet service. It’s Provo, Utah. Mayor John Curtis announced the development yesterday.
Kevin Lo, General Manager of Google Fiber, explained that Provo’s status in the startup culture and its rank (#2) in patent growth has fueled the decision. He wrote, “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.”
To support its venture in Provo, Google Fiber has signed an agreement to buy iProvo, an existing fiber-optic network owned by the city. The deal will be placed for the City Council’s approval on April 23.
Google Fiber will upgrade iProvo’s network to Gigabit speeds, and will finish network construction to connect every home in the city to Fiber. The company will offer “Free Internet service (5 Mbps speeds) to every home along the existing Provo network, for a $30 activation fee and no monthly charge for at least seven years.”
Source: Google Fiber