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November 2015 Map of the Month: Commercial Fiber Service Availability

Commercial fiber utahThe November 2015 Map of the Month shows, at a statewide scale, the current commercial fiber-based broadband service availability reported to the Broadband Outreach Center for inclusion on the locate.utah.gov site.

The Utah Economic Development Map (locate.utah.gov), which was released in May, features the availability of fiber broadband service together with other considerations attractive to relocating businesses such as utility, transportation, education, and recreation resources.

The fiber broadband service on this interactive web map is portrayed using 1 km hexagons (diameter), according to two general categories of service:

  • Short Order Fiber Service Availability (typically within 30 days), and
  • Custom Order Fiber Service (typically within 9 months).

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Provo to Become Third ‘Google Fiber City’

Announcement from the City of Provo:

If approved, all Provo residents would have access to free Internet and Gigabit speeds

Photo credit: JAMES ROH/Daily Herald

PROVO – Mayor John Curtis today announced an agreement to make Provo just the third City in the United States to have access to Google Fiber’s ultra high-speed Gigabit Internet, and one of the first cities in the world to have ubiquitous Internet connectivity in nearly every home. Under the terms of the agreement, which is subject to approval by the Provo City Council and other closing conditions, Google Fiber would purchase the city’s existing fiber-optic network. The city created the existing network, named iProvo, in 2004. “Provo City’s vision has long been one where our residents have access to reliable high-speed broadband Internet. We know that communities are better – and communities are stronger – when people are connected,” Curtis said. “With this agreement, we have an opportunity to do things that few communities in this country get to do.”

Provo would be just the third city in the U.S. to have access to Google Fiber, behind Kansas City and Austin, which was announced just last week. “We are really excited to work with the city to realize the original vision of the iProvo network. This is a unique opportunity for Google Fiber to partner with an existing municipal network,” said Kevin Lo, general manager of Google Fiber. “Utah is already home to hundreds of tech companies and startups, and many of them are based in Provo. These businesses, and hopefully many more startups, will be able to use Google Fiber to create the applications of the future.” Almost 18 months ago, the City began looking for a buyer for the troubled iProvo network through an extensive RFP process and direct outreach to potential buyers. Curtis approached Google Fiber about the possibility of it purchasing the network from the City. “When I came into office, iProvo was deemed to be the single biggest problem facing Provo City,” Curtis said. “The first step was to address the outstanding bond on the network, which we’ve done. Now, we’re able to realize the dream of providing reliable access to Provoans in a viable way. This is a very exciting moment for Provo.”

If the agreement is ultimately approved, Google Fiber would commit to upgrade the iProvo network to Gigabit technology and finish network construction so that every home along the existing network would have the opportunity to connect to Google Fiber. The company would also offer free Internet service (at 5 Mbps speeds) to every home along the existing iProvo network for a $30 activation fee and no monthly charge for at least seven years. Additionally, Google Fiber would provide free Gigabit Internet service to 25 local public institutions including schools, hospitals and libraries. The City has scheduled a series of community meetings to further discuss the proposed agreement with Provo residents. The community meetings are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, April 18

Edgemont Elementary School

566 E 3650 N

Provo, UT 84604

Friday, April 19

5 p.m.

Spring Creek Elementary School

1740 Nevada Ave.

Provo, UT 84606

Saturday, April 20

8 a.m.

City Council Chamber

351 W. Center Street

Provo, UT 84601

Monday, April 22

1 p.m.

City Council Chamber

351 W. Center Street

Provo, UT 84601

Monday, April 22

5:30 p.m.

Lakeview Elementary School

2899 W 1390 N

Provo, UT 84601

Monday, April 22

7:30 p.m.

Lakeview Elementary School

2899 W 1390 N

Provo, UT 84601 

City Council Meeting

The Provo City Council is expected to consider the agreement at its next City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 23 at 5:30 p.m.