Months after Google
surprisingly selected Provo
, Utah as one of the first cities to get the Google Fiber
treatment, and weeks after the city officially closed the deal with Google, the search giant-come-ISP
said in a blog post that service is coming by the end of the year.
Before that happens, though, Google needs to upgrade Provo’s existing fiber network--the city’s expensive fiber-optic “iProvo” network was in need of rescue--and also work with managers of larger properties to get everything hooked up. “We’re spending a lot of time talking with property managers and owners of large apartment building and condominiums. Planning for and installing Google Fiber in these big buildings takes a lot of time, so if you manage a building with 5 or more units, we’d love to start chatting with you now — please get in touch with us!” reads a blog post by Michael Slinger, Director of Business Operations for Google Fiber.
Google also confirmed its service plans and pricing, which will come in three tiers. The first is free Internet, which gets Provoians 5Mbps down/1Mbps up for seven years. The second is gigabit
Internet--1Gbps up and down--for $70 per month, and the top tier includes gigabit Internet and TV service (which includes the ability to DVR up to 8 shows at once and store 500 hours of HD content on a Storage Box) for $120 per month. All plans will require a one-time $30 construction fee.
Lighting up Provo in just a few months still seems like somewhat of a lofty goal, but if anyone can pull it off, it’s Google with it’s incredibly deep pockets and never-ending human resources.