1 Gbps Google Fiber service headed to a third city: Provo, Utah

Google first launched its 1 Gbps Google Fiber ISP and TV service in the Kansas City Kansas/Missouri metropolitan area in November 2012. Earlier this month, the company announced it would add Austin, Texas to the Google Fiber family, with service schedule to begin in mid-2014.

Today, in a bit of a surprise, Google has announced that it will bring Google Fiber Internet and TV service to Provo, Utah, making it the third metropolitan area in the US for the super-fast ISP. Unlike Kansas City and Austin, Google plans to purchase an already established fiber optic Internet service in Provo and then upgrade it to its 1 Gbps speed.

The deal still needs to be approved by the Provo City Council, which will vote on the matter next week. When and if the deal is closed, Google will begin the fiber upgrades, although there's no timetable for when the first 1 Gbps customer will go online in that city.

Pricing for Google Fiber in Provo has not been announced but it should be similar to the prices in Kansas City, which gives those customers 1 Gbps Internet speeds for just $70 a month. Adding the TV package increases the price to $120 a month, not including premium pay cable networks. Google will also offer Provo residents free 5 Mbps Internet speed in their homes if they pay for a one time construction fee.

Source: Google Fiber blog | Image via Google

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Let me know when Google Fiber will be in Glendale, CA so I dump Charter than I would really care about this article. Not sure why Google Fiber is still not major states or cities just in the smaller type areas.

Call me when Google decides to take on a really big city. Like LA, Atlanta, Chicago or New York. It's way to much of a pain in the ass to drop new fiber in those locations.

Meh my 160mb fiber connection is enough, I find often I cant max my download speed out due to slow servers around the world. Hopefully this will change soon. But yeah 1gps is overkill not needed at all, I can already download a full HD/BR movie in a few mins (normally I hit download and go make a cuppa and its done before I can even make the tea) funny thing is my download speed still not being maxed out.

It may be overkill now, but what about in 10 years? Heck 5 years? As the new fiber networks get laid out around the US those server speeds will increase as well letting us hit that full Gbps mark. Overkill is needed to push tech forward.

The existing fiber provider that Google is purchasing was the municipal network that was built out at taxpayer expense. The financial model assumed that they would get a 40% take rate of houses passed. But they got 20%. And so they ran out of money. Which is why it was available for Google to purchase on the cheap. (How cheap? The blog post doesn't give numbers.)

This is essentially like the aftermath of the dot-com bubble. Unused fiber laid out by companies that had gone bankrupt, to be had for pennies on the dollar. The difference is -- this is not backbone fiber, but already passes by people's homes.

I thought Utah already had a municipal fiber internet service? Maybe it's just in Salt Lake City?

Nevermind..answered below. Google is buying this company and its fiber lines/customers.

excalpius said,
I thought Utah already had a municipal fiber internet service? Maybe it's just in Salt Lake City?

Nevermind..answered below. Google is buying this company and its fiber lines/customers.

Nope. The one in Salt Lake City and its environs is UTOPIA.

Google is buying the other FTTP network in Utah.