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UT: No, Google Fiber Is Not Coming to Provo | Free UTOPIA!

 

Provo (or, more specifically, Mayor John Curtis’ office) has been hyping up an “epic announcement” for weeks now. Somewhere in the speculation came a number of rumors that Google Fiber would be swooping in to either take over or supplant iProvo. Quite frankly, that’s an absolute load of malarkey. Nothing in the history of either Provo’s handling of its fiber optic assets or Google’s launch of Google Fiber cities would suggest anything like it.

 

For starters, we have to consider the way in which Google announces new fiber cities. Its history has been to send out a press release at least a few days out to generate buzz and send invitations to the tech and national press. This is not a company that announced these kinds of projects without a serious amount of fanfare.

 

Google also has a history of liking to roll its own solutions. One of the ways it got so big so fast was to create servers based on their own custom specs, not buying expensive off-the-self servers. Google Fiber is no different. They seem to relish the idea of starting from scratch and making something uniquely theirs. iProvo would require extensive upgrades to support 1Gbps connections and an entire head-end replacement to support modern MPEG-4 video.

 

There’s also the point of Google’s tacit support for municipal networks. Swooping in to take over a network would undermine their unspoken support for poking incumbent operators in the eye. Their goal has always been to shame ISPs into providing better service, even if that means throwing them under the bus in favor of municipal options. Taking over a network doesn’t match up with that at all.

 

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Google ramps up fibre-optic activity with deal to acquire iProvo network | TeleGeography

US search engine giant Google Inc has announced that it will take over troubled municipal fibre-optic system iProvo, and make Provo, Utah, the third city to receive its 1Gbps network, after Kansas City and Austin, Texas.

 

The Provo deal represents the first time that Google has acquired an existing fibre-optic system. The city, home to around 115,000 people, started work on the iProvo network in 2004, but found the operation too daunting and turned it over to a succession of private partners that have also struggled to break even.

 

Kevin Lo, general manager of Google Fiber, commented: ‘Once connected, Provo will be one of the first cities in the world where access to broadband will flow like water or electricity’. The iProvo network is currently only connected to around 9,000 of the city’s 35,000 homes, and Google has said that it will finish the work and upgrade the system to handle more traffic at higher speeds.

 

Although Google has not provided any figures of its own, Val Hale, president of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, estimates that it will cost at least USD18 million to build out the remainder of the network.


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Breaking News: Provo, Utah the Next City Slated for Gigabit Google Fiber | Stop the Cap!

Breaking News: Provo, Utah the Next City Slated for Gigabit Google Fiber | Stop the Cap! | All Things Google Fiber | Scoop.it

Provo, Utah will be the third city in the country to get Google’s gigabit fiber network, in part because fiber infrastructure installed by a defunct provider that ran into money problems is now likely available for Google’s use.

 

The announcement came from Provo Mayor John Curtis this afternoon.

 

The choice of Provo was a surprise even to area residents, who speculated the “epic announcement” promised by Provo’s deputy mayor Corey Norman involved the opening of a new Popeye’s Chicken location or a second Red Lobster headed to town. Instead, it is only 1,000/1,000Mbps broadband for a likely price of $70 a month.

 

Provo’s existing fiber infrastructure, now owned by the local government, was likely a major reason in selecting the city of 115,000 for a Google-style upgrade.

 

The announcement came a little over a week after Google announced Austin, Tex. as the second stop for Google’s fiber upgrade. The surprise announcement may create waves in the telecom industry that earlier assumed Google was only interested in developing a demonstration project in Kansas City. It is now likely Google has bigger plans than that.

 

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