This is going to be interesting watch. If Google shows it can come in and retrofit fiber networks that other cities have and it work well then I could see alot of cities coming at Google for the same deal. Even with Provo still on the hook for another 40.8 mil that is still a deal to have Google finish the network and get everything running and when the lease is up they should have everything paid for and a sparkling fiber network that Google will no doubt keep maintenance up on.
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A city council that doesnt completely suck! Lucky Provo.
Well I bet someone wanted to vote against it for some stupid reason like "why can't we get apple to do this?" or whatever, or maybe they are smart who knows like ya said MayhemMatthew they are lucky.
well regardless if there was one stupid person the rest were extremely smart and google is just awesome. I really really hope this continues to be as successful as it already seems to be. I wonder how long it will take get the city covered though. Either way free internet i mean thats a pretty bomb deal for the townsfolk. If that previous network wasnt working out then they will not regret this decision fo sho
I think Google projected it to be online and working by the end of the year. From what I have read the network is pretty much done, its just a matter of getting it to everyone as per the agreement and then the retrofit for their equipment. They will have it before Austin does, that is for sure.
I live in Provo and currently use the fiber network that they've set up. It's been a great internet provider (except for the fact that it seems like every year it changes companies). Just to give you guys a heads up, it was approved unanimously. Now all that remains is mapping the fiber network (how did they not keep a map?), fixing whatever problems they find while mapping, and then having google come in and do their thing. They predict Provo will actually have the full network working before anywhere else (Kansas City is still under development). And yes, the city still has to pay $40M+ dollars, but on a whole, with the free internet for at least 7 years with approx 26,000 homes saving around $30 a month, that's $50M that Provo citizens can keep in their wallets (and hopefully spend else where). Add on top of that the increase growth of businesses and Provo has a winning formula here.
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