Google Fiber Now Proposed for Residents of Provo, Utah
Google is continuing the expansion of its high-speed Internet and cable TV Google Fiber service by proposing plans to deploy it next in Provo, Utah.Google Fiber has chosen Provo, Utah, as its latest target community for its high-speed Internet and cable television services. The announcement comes just eight days after Google unveiled its plans to bring Google Fiber to Austin, Texas. The Provo project would be the third U.S. community to get Fiber service so far since introducing the project in 2010. "Utah is already home to hundreds of tech companies and startups, and many of them are based in Provo," wrote Kevin Lo, general manager of Google Fiber in an April 17 post about the latest Fiber project on the Google Fiber blog. "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." So far, though, the proposed project isn't yet finalized. Provo City Council will vote on the measure April 23, wrote Lo.
In the meantime, Google Fiber has signed an agreement to purchase iProvo, an existing fiber-optic network owned by the city, which would be upgraded to gigabit technology and extended to additional Provo neighborhoods to connect more residents to the service, he wrote.