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January 27, 2014

Google Expanding Its Fiber Network to Provo



By Oliver VanDervoort
Contributing Writer



It wasn’t that long ago that dark fiber was something that was relatively rare. Now companies like Google (News - Alert) are expanding the high-speed Internet’s reach to all corners of the United States. There are certainly some areas of the country that simply weren’t ready for the cost that comes along with fiber optic Internet service. Most places are clamoring for the highest Internet speeds they can get. That’s likely why VR-Zone is reporting that Google laid down a sizable chunk of money in order to acquire Provo, Utah based ISP, iProvo.

The Internet giant announced that with the acquisition, it will be able to provide high speed fiber networks to anyone who would have been covered by iProvo. With networks connections in place, Google says it will be easier to install its own brand of fiber, though it did caution it will have to do it incrementally. The company will be working through “fiberhoods” of Provo, one area at a time.

The company said that residents of the city will need to signup ahead of time and that if they don’t sign up by the deadline will have to wait quite a while before Google will come back around and get them their fiber optic connections. If they miss their initial deadlines, they have until February 28 to register for “Veracity Networks.”

With its fiber networks, Google is offering up three different plans to the residents of Provo. The company is first offering up a free plan, which will give users free Internet at basic broadband speeds. This plan offers download rates of 5 Mbp/s and upload speeds of 1 Mbp/s. The download rates are fast enough to watch YouTube (News - Alert) videos, according to Google. This plan is guaranteed to be offered for free for seven years. The gigabit plan is a hundred times faster than the free plan and is offered for $70 per month while the Gigabit Internet + TV offers a television package that has hundreds of channels, a DVR that can record 8 channels at once and hold 500 hours of programming. That plan runs $120 a month.

Despite seeing companies like AT&T expand their fiber networks, Google is taking its expansion slowly and steadily. The company now has networks in Provo and Kansas City, Missouri and will be in Austin, Texas soon.




Edited by Cassandra Tucker
 
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