Google Fiber will be installing free high speed internet for the citizens of Provo, honestly, I've thought of moving over there just for the interwebs lol.
PROVO -- Now that Google Fiber's agreement with Provo has been completed, residents can open their wallets for that gigabit of internet speed. On Thursday, Michael Slinger, director of Business Operations for Google Fiber, announced on their blog how much the fiber will cost in Provo.
As soon as the blog came out Thursday, residents started a flurry of tweets throughout the social media world.
Slinger said, "When we start sign-ups, all customers will be able to choose from one of three plans. Each of these plans will require a one-time $30 construction fee which you'll pay when you choose your plan (for single family homes) or your landlord will pay after they sign an agreement with us to wire up your apartment/condo."
Those costs are the same being offered to Kansas City residents:
• 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 eight shows at once and store up to 500 hours of HD content on your Storage Box for $120/month.
Slinger noted, "for current Veracity customers in single-family homes -- we want you to know that nothing changes for you yet. You can continue to use your service as you do today. Later this year, you'll have the option of becoming a Google Fiber customer and the option to sign up for any of the services listed above."
Provo spokesman Corey Norman said, "We're grateful for the thoughtful manner which Google Fiber has gone about thinking through the appropriate price for each home. Provo residents will have the opportunity to enjoy incredible fast connections, world class customer service, and learn what it means to work and play at Google speed."
Norman added, "As this project progresses, we look forward to being a part of announcing which neighborhood will be called Provo's first Fiberhood and all the excitement associated with that."
With the connection and drop to the home being only ten percent at what's being charged in other areas around the country, we anticipate having an extremely high take-rate, Norman added.
Before any of this can happen, Google Fiber must do some work to upgrade the existing fiber network to make it Gigabit-ready. That will happen between now and October.
"We're spending a lot of time talking with property managers and owners of large apartment building and condominiums," Slinger said. "Planning for and installing Google Fiber in these big buildings takes a lot of time, so if you manage a building with five or more units, we'd love to start chatting with you now -- please get in touch with us."
Residents can stay up-to-date on new developments by signing up for Google Fiber's Provo email list on their website www.fiber.google.com.