Friday, April 19, 2013

Provo to become nation's third Google Fiber high-speed city

Residents of Provo will soon be among the most technologically connected people in the country with a chance for free Internet service at the fastest speeds in the country.

Mayor John Curtis Tuesday announced an agreement to make Provo just the third city in the United States to have access to Google Fiber’s ultra high-speed gigabit Internet. In addition, Provo will become one of the first cities in the world to have ubiquitous Internet connectivity in virtually every home.

The deal is subject to City Council approval, which is expected. Google Fiber will then offer free Internet service for those currently on the existing iProvo network, Curtis said. There will be a one-time $30 activation fee, "but that's it," he said.

Under the terms of the agreement Google Fiber would purchase the city’s existing fiber-optic network, iProvo. Deseret News