Provo to become a Google Fiber City

Provo, Utah (ABC 4 News)- Provo City Mayor John Curtis, Governor Gary Herbert and other Legislative Leaders have annoucned that Provo has been chosen to become the next city to join the Google Fiber revolution.
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Provo, Utah (ABC 4 News)- Provo City Mayor John Curtis, Governor Gary Herbert and other Legislative Leaders have announced that Provo has been chosen to become the next city to join the Google Fiber nation.

Google Fiber, a Fiber optic network will connect all homes to an ultra high speed gigabyte internet.  On googles website it claims "Google Fiber starts with a connection speed 100 times faster than today's broadband."

Google was on hand to help deliver the news.


“We'll be pulling a physical fiber into your home,” said Kevin Lo, general manager of Google Fiber. “We will then deliver a free basic broadband service, free of charge for every resident that wants it for a least a period of seven years.”

Under the agreement, which still needs ot be approved by the city council, Google Fiber would buy the city's existing fiber optic network called iProvo.

“We pursued this partnership because we know how important this technology and connectivity is to the strength of our city,” said Mayor John Curtis. “I could not be more pleased to find a partner like Google Fiber.”

Google Fiber would also provide free internet gigabit service to 25 local public institution including schools, hospitals and libraries.

Governor Gary Herbert calls the big announcement a sign that Utah has a promising high-tech future.

“I can assure you our economy is only going to be more robust and growing because people will be attracted here because of our innovation,” said Gov. Herbert. “Who knows what the future is going to be but I can tell you it's going to be very, very bright.”

Provo has scheduled a series of informational meetings for residents. Below are the details.

The community meetings are scheduled as follows:
 
Thursday, April 18
7:30 p.m.                     Edgemont Elementary School
566 E 3650 N
Provo, UT 84604
 
Friday, April 19
5 p.m.                          Spring Creek Elementary School
                                    1740 Nevada Ave.
                                    Provo, UT 84606
 
Saturday, April 20
8 a.m.                          City Council Chamber
                                    351 W. Center Street
                                    Provo, UT 84601
 
Monday, April 22
1 p.m.                          City Council Chamber
                                    351 W. Center Street
                                    Provo, UT 84601
 
5:30 p.m.                     Lakeview Elementary School
                                    2899 W 1390 N
Provo, UT 84601
 
7:30 p.m.                     Lakeview Elementary School
                                    2899 W 1390 N
Provo, UT 84601
 
The Provo City Council is expected to consider the agreement at its next City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 23 at 5:30 p.m.


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