At the moment the agreement isn’t 100% finalized, with the Provo City Council voting on the decision April 23rd. That said, this is pretty much a no-brainer decision for Provo. Having Google Fiber provides an exceptional service for businesses, community centers and citizens. Not only that, but as part of the agreement Google agrees to buy the city-owned iProvo fiber-optic network and plans to upgrade it to reach gigabit speeds.
This also means that all homes along the existing network will be able to connect to Google Fiber. All these homes will have to do to get service is pay a $30 activation fee. That thirty-dollar fee lands these lucky folks seven years of free service. The free service might only be 5Mbps, but that’s still a hell of deal for the price of free.
So why bring the service to Provo of all places? First off, using smaller cities as a testbed makes it easier for Google to roll out and test their Fiber service’s performance. Second, Google points out that Utah is home to quite a few important tech companies, many of which are based in and around Provo. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Provo already had its own fiber network in place.
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.
Providing the deal goes through as it should, Google says they intend to immediately get to work on building the network. Using the existing iProvo network as a basis, Google will likely be able to roll out to Provo much faster than Austin. This could mean that the service will reach the first homes and businesses by this year’s end.