Provo's 'epic' announcement: Google Fiber

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  • Economist Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2013 1:00 p.m.

    So, does that mean that we can all end the practice of throwing tax money away with UTOPIA?!?

  • Shamal Orlando, FL
    April 18, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    Yes, to both established and new start-up businesses, "epic" is an appropriate term. We use the web for so much more than looking at websites and checking email now. New ways of utilizing these networks are being invented everyday. Some in happy valley. For a community that is recognized and working to develop as a technology hub with a highly educated workforce, google building its world class infrastructure in Provo is a huge deal.
    Simply calling it "faster internet" is like calling a nuclear submarine "bigger"
    Never mind that it houses its own nuclear reactor and can cruise the world undetected for 6 months at a time before needing to come up for air:)

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    April 18, 2013 9:52 a.m.

    Faster internet. How epic.

  • scarver Georgetown, TX
    April 17, 2013 5:52 p.m.

    I had to look at the timestamp on this to make sure that this was not an April Fools joke.

  • Just the FAX Olympus Cove, Utah
    April 17, 2013 4:33 p.m.


    It's laughable that whiners still dialing in on 5600 baud modems would be disparaging folks who will soon be streaming 5 GB/sec.

    Nerds, btw, have all of the latest toys.

    LOL at your jealously!

  • Shamal Orlando, FL
    April 17, 2013 4:26 p.m.

    More announcements regarding the Provo Airport are forthcoming.

    Regarding Utah County, I find the perceptions of people living in and north of SLC fascinating. Some seam to think of UC as rural and less developed the way one might think of Santequin.

    The Nerd comment is a new one though. Utah is in good hands if the state brain trust is housed in happy valley. I've spoken business in Palo Alto who that have Provo on their radar now that the business climate in California is degenerating.

    Three things about UC that I'm excited about-
    -One could drive from as far as Sandy to the Provo airport, be parked, checked-in and on the plane in no less time than it would take to do the same through the Salt Lake Airport. Direct flights to Phoenix, Oakland, LA and maybe LV in a few months.

    -Google's announcement. Cool any way you slice it. A solid differentiator for those looking to establish or relocate a business. Is there room for a data center in Provo? We may find out.

    -BYU returns a very good defense. Decent improvement from the offense will make for a very fun season.

  • infoman Cedar Hills, UT
    April 17, 2013 4:21 p.m.

    If you are familiar at all with Google fiber, this really is "epic." I don't suppose there's any chance they could expand it up into northeastern Utah County while they're at it? We have much fewer options than Provo for Internet connectivity...

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    April 17, 2013 3:11 p.m.

    They have it in Kansas City, Kansas & Mossouri which is a large area. Why not all along the Wasatch Range between Payson to Logan?

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2013 3:10 p.m.

    @Who am I sir?
    Your sneer says more about you than it does Provo

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2013 3:05 p.m.

    Are they seriously putting a B and U on the mountain? Wow, as if anyone was really uncertain what that giant Y on the mountain represented.


    Proud BYU Alumn.

  • HollyA Tooele, UT
    April 17, 2013 2:53 p.m.

    CONGRATS!! Utah has an educated workforce and is a wonderful place to live ~ I'm not surprised Google would want to be a part of it.

  • InspectorC Wasatch Front, UT
    April 17, 2013 2:39 p.m.

    You call that "Epic"?? REALLY??!

    Oh, Provo! You truly keep the rest of us entertained; thank you.

    You guys sound like some SUPER-NERD on Christmas morning, all excited about his new "128-zettabit hyperchannel flux inductor with parallel infinity bandwidth!!!" Now you can rule the world!

    The ProvoBuzz blog said, "Utah County Is a Tech Hub".

    That should read, "Utah County Is a NERD Hub". 8^)

  • armchairQBonthehill Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2013 2:34 p.m.

    Wonderful announcement, however Channel 17 stalled online just prior to the "epic" announcement. This is why Google Fiber is needed! Glad I bought 10,000 shares during the initial offering . . .

  • UteNationAlum Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 17, 2013 1:52 p.m.

    So what was the epic announcement? I thought it was going to be an airport expansion.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 17, 2013 1:50 p.m.

    Breaking news:

    A wall will be built rivaling the Great Wall of China and the Berlin Wall. This will protect all our residence from the evils of the "outside" world. We will be free of the growing popularity of the PAC-12. All perceptions of how great we are will be reinforced and multiplied as never before. As always, "The world is our campus." Only now the world, as we know it, will be well defined and contained within the wall's boundries. So be it.

  • gee-en Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2013 1:53 p.m.

    Very Jealous!

  • SillyRabbit Layton, 00
    April 17, 2013 1:32 p.m.

    Congrats Provo! You got (fill in the blank)! That is truly epic! (The channel 17 link is down.)