August 20, 2013
Google Fiber to Arrive in Provo by Late 2013
By Michelle Nicolson
TMCnet Contributing Writer
Google’s (News - Alert) push to launch Google Fiber, the company’s fiber-optic broadband network, in Provo, Utah, is slated to be complete by the end of 2013, the company announced in a blog post this week.
Google recently completed its acquisition of iProvo, an existing fiber-optic network owned by the city of Provo. The agreement includes a commitment from Google to upgrade the network to gigabit technology and finish network construction so that every home along the original iProvo network will have the opportunity to connect to Google Fiber, according to Google.
“We’re spending a lot of time talking with property managers and owners of large apartment building and condominiums. Planning for and installing Google Fiber in these big buildings takes a lot of time, so if you manage a building with five or more units, we’d love to start chatting with you now,” reads a blog post by Michael Slinger, director of business operations for Google Fiber.
Provo residents who live along the original iProvo network are eligible for Google Fiber’s basic broadband plan at no charge for at least seven years. Google Fiber will also offer Google Fiber Gigabit Internet for $70 per month as well as the option for Google Fiber TV service with television service and a DVR for $120 per month. All plans require a one-time $30 activation fee.
The television option also includes a Nexus 7 tablet, which will act as a remote control for the system. In addition, the Google Fiber television service also can stream live program content on iPad and Android (News - Alert) tablets.
Google Fiber also plans to provide free Gigabit Internet service to twenty-five local public institutions like schools, hospitals and libraries.
Google Fiber already has been installed in Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo. The company plans to expand service to several other Kansas City area suburbs as well as Austin, Texas, in addition to the launch in Provo, Utah.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson
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