I admit, I thought Google would take its time before announcing another Google Fiber expansion city but I was wrong. When I logged on to read tech news sites last night I discovered that Google has already announced another Google Fiber expansion and I was even more surprised to read that the lucky city was Provo, Utah.
Honestly, I thought Google would announce plans to bring Fiber to the Pacific Northwest or maybe even Atlanta, Georgia but Provo, Utah never once crossed my mind. It turns out that Provo, the home of Brigham Young University (BYU), is quite the little connected city.
“Utah is already home to hundreds of tech companies and startups, and many of them are based in Provo. 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.” Source: Google
The project is hinging on the sale of an existing city-owned fiber network called iProvo. Since Google staffers are touring Provo with the city’s mayor, John Curtis, I don’t think there’s going to be an issue with the sale. If I lived in Provo, I’d already be planning out what I’d do with the high-speed Internet access, cable television, oodles of Google Drive storage and the new Google Nexus 7 that Google Fiber customers receive.
Unlike Austin, the service in Provo is going to be more widely available. Since Google will be building upon the existing iProvo network, the company will offer a free 5Mbps service to existing customers for a $30 activation charge and no monthly fee. This isn’t a short-term offer, either. The free offer will be valid for at least seven years.
If you live in the city and want to keep up-to-date with the deal’s progress, visit the Google Fiber Provo page and sign up.