Google Fiber is rolling on again across the United States: After announcing Austin, Texas as its second city to officially join the family, the super speedy gigabit network is set to spread into Provo, Utah. It’ll give customers there another option for watching TV and surfing the Internet, and if we know anything in this confusing world, it’s that choice is a beautiful thing.
The first step, according to the Google Fiber blog (via CNNMoney) is Google’s takeover of iProvo, a fiber-optic network already in place and owned by Provo. The city council will vote on the purchase of iProvo next Tuesday and if it goes through, Google will “upgrade the network to gigabit technology and finish network construction so that every home along the existing iProvo network would have the opportunity to connect to Google Fiber.”
While Provo will be the third location to get set up with Google Fiber, it’s technically the fourth city to receive access, as the company set up the network in certain neighborhoods in Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo. last summer.
Based on the pricing package in the two Kansas Cities (if that’s how you make Kansas City plural), Austin and Provo customers could be looking at a $120-month package with a two-year contract, which covers Internet and Fiber TV.
Customers can watch all shows in HD, record eight shows at once and store 500 hours of HD video in the cloud. The service comes with a Google Nexus 7 tablet to control multiple TVs in the household. There’s also an Internet-only option for $70 a month or a free Internet service “at today’s average speeds.”
As well as providing free Internet access in homes, Google will provide Fiber for free to schools, government buildings, libraries and other community areas in the cities.e search giant is also providing free Fiber service to local schools, community centers, government buildings and libraries.
Google Fiber to launch in Provo, Utah [CNNMoney]
Google Fiber—On the Silicon Prairie, the Silicon Hills, and now the Silicon Slopes [Google Fiber Blog]