Google today confirmed it plans to sign up its first Google Fiber customers in Provo before the end of the year. Between now and October, the company is working to upgrade the existing fiber network in Provo to be Gigabit-ready and talking to property managers and owners of large apartment building and condominiums to install Fiber.
Here are the three Google Fiber plans that will be available in Provo, just like in Kansas City:
- Free Internet. Get today’s basic broadband speeds (up to 5 Mbps download, 1 Mbps upload) for free for at least the next seven years.
- Gigabit Internet. Connect to the web at speeds up to 100 times faster than basic broadband (up to 1 Gbps download and upload) for $70/month.
- Gigabit Internet + TV. Get 100 times faster Internet plus hundreds of HD channels. Record up to 8 shows at once and store up to 500 hours of HD content on your Storage Box for $120/month.
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The only difference is in the construction fee: each of these plans will require the customer to pay $30. This is different compared to Kansas City, where residents were asked to pay a $300 construction fee for the free Internet option, and it was waived for the other two tiers.
We knew about the free option as it was part of the negotiation with Provo, but the other two options are new, although not exactly a surprise given that they are offered elsewhere. Google paid $1 for the network after promising to offer free 5 Mbps connections to Provo residents for seven years.
Google first announced Fiber was coming to Kansas City in July 2012. In April, Austin, Texas was named as the second large city to get Fiber, quickly followed by Provo, Utah less than two weeks later. Once Fiber becomes well-established in Austin and Provo, we expect the cities to get service expansions to surrounding suburbs, just like what has been happening in Kansas City.
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