He said this new partnership would allow the fulfillment of the dream city leaders had when they embarked on the development of the network years ago.
“When every one of the kids in public school has Internet, what are the possibilities? What does it mean for a city to be able to communicate with every resident electronically? What does it mean for economic development?”
The proposed agreement will go before the full City Council on Tuesday. If 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 network for a $30 activation fee with 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. City officials have scheduled a series of community meetings to further discuss the proposed agreement with local residents.
The announcement drew accolades from many including Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz, whose district includes Utah County. He released a statement applauding Google Fiber’s expansion into Provo.
“Google’s announcement further validates Utah’s position as a popular hub for up-and-coming small businesses and tech companies, Chaffetz said. “This fiber gigabit broadband service will not only benefit the existing businesses in Provo, but will be a magnet to attract entrepreneurs. I am thrilled that many homes, schools, and businesses in Provo will be among the first in the country to benefit from the next generation of Internet technology.”
UTOPIA, a Utah-based fiber-optic network supported by its mostly suburban and rural member communities, congratulated Provo officials for the deal.
UTOPIA officials touted city officials for "leveraging its public investment to obtain the resources necessary to achieve ubiquitous connectivity for its residents, who will continue to support the system’s bond payments."
UTOPIA has suffered financial challenges similar to iProvo network.
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