Provo Next to Get Google's Gig
LR Cable News Analysis Dan Jones, Mobile Editor 4/17/2013
Google revealed Wednesday that Provo, Utah will be the next city to get its gigabit fiber service. What's different this time is that the search giant isn't building the service out from scratch. It was has bought an existing network in Provo to base the service on, Kevin Lo, general manager of Google Fiber, writes in its fiber blog:
- In order to bring Fiber to Provo, we’ve signed an agreement to purchase iProvo, an existing fiber-optic network owned by the city. As a part of the acquisition, we would commit to upgrade the network to gigabit technology and finish network construction so that every home along the existing iProvo network would have the opportunity to connect to Google Fiber. Our agreement with Provo isn’t approved yet -- it’s pending a vote by the City Council scheduled for next Tuesday, April 23. We intend to begin the network upgrades as soon as the closing conditions are satisfied and the deal is closed.
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