Google Fiber adds value to Provo network, but taxpayer debt remains, mayor says

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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    April 19, 2013 7:59 a.m.

    This article states that "homeowners being asked to pay a one-time activation fee of $30 to enjoy free basic Internet service for seven years." However, if you go to the Google Fiber page they say it is a $300 fee which is 10 times higher. I guess Google could have included that into the costs to the city so it would make it seem more palatable to the citizens. I wonder what other hidden costs are in this agreement. Google Fiber isn't doing this on good will if Kansas City and Austin agreements are different.

    With a network that fast, people will potentially spend less time surfing and do more home and visiting with neighbors and children. However, it will bring a wider range of potential threats to homes as speed will bring it quicker if they are pornographic and other items. The Provo school district was mentioned as it is public but UVU wasn't mentioned nor the other University in Provo.

  • I-am-I South Jordan, UT
    April 19, 2013 6:41 a.m.

    I love how everyone by the way the talk/write about this, make it sound like they knew what Google fiber was before Wednesday. Even the D news never gave a discription of what this subsidiary of Google is like we all inherently know. Stop kidding yourself until all your friend on Facebook were pretending like Santa clause had finally brought them a long awaited gift you didn't know what it was either, and you probably still don't really know.

    April 18, 2013 4:31 p.m.

    It is a cool thing. I don't know anyone who uses the Internet who doesn't want it to be faster. Personally I would pay the $70 per month for the 1 gbps service in a heartbeat. I pay around $45 for 50 mbps now.

    While I agree it is a great thing for Provo; Kansas City and Austin did not have to PAY Google the $39 million in infrastructure that Provo still must pay for!

    On the bright side the existing infrastructure hopefully means that Provo residents will get Google Fiber relatively quickly (unless that infrastructure is a mess, but I would guess Google has already vetted the infrastructure).