Now its successful launch in Kansas City, Google Fiber is looking to expand in Provo, Utah and start offering its services by the end of this year. Though the announcement regarding the expansion in Austin, Texas came first, the search giant will not be offering its triple play services in the Lone Star state until 2014.
Google has reached a deal to buy iProvo with Provo Mayor John Curtis, which still needs to be approved by the city council. iProvo is a municipal broadband network, and once Google’s deal is approved the search company will upgrade iProvo’s system to its 1000 Mbps fiber network system. To sweeten the deal, Provo residents can get a 5 Mbps Internet plan for free as long as they pay a one-time $30 activation charge.
According to Google Fiber GM Kevin Lo, the prospective deal will be voted on by the Provo City Council on April 23, stating: “We intend to begin the network upgrades as soon as the closing conditions are satisfied and the deal is closed.”
Currently, Comcast is the main Internet, TV, and VoIP provider in Provo. The chances are very good that the deal for Google will be approved, which means that Comcast may have to reassess its price point if the cable provider wants to keep their customers from defecting to Google. Though the company also boasts an advanced fiber optic network, the fastest tier on offer is 105 Mbps—which is only a 10th of Google Fiber’s maximum speed of 1000 Mbps.
Still, this could spur a speed race among competing Internet service providers, which should be a good thing for consumers. Now the only question left is what city or region is the next stop for Google Fiber’s world domination tour.