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Google Fiber in Provo

Posted on: April 18th, 2013 by kmckinley 4 Comments

 

Exciting news out of Provo today. That’s right: We think it’s exciting.

Don’t think for a second that UTOPIA feels threatened by the arrival of Google Fiber in Utah. On the contrary, we are very excited about what this means for Provo specifically and Utah generally. Why? In simple terms, we hope—and expect—Google’s presence will further the discussion of how important fiber is to the future of not only Utah but this country.

As Todd Marriott, our Executive Director, told the Salt Lake Tribune today, “We want a national discourse about ubiquitous gigabit offerings and getting our institutions of learning up to speed.”

When Google made it’s Kansas City announcement last summer, there was a lot of buzz in the country about the gigabit speeds that would be available there—speeds UTOPIA has offered since June 2012. With Google taking on the erstwhile iProvo network, we expect further dialogue on why fiber is critical infrastructure—no matter who does it.

Even though the approaches are different, Google Fiber validates UTOPIA’s emphasis on fiber; it’s what our data-intense lives will increasingly require moving forward. There would be little excitement if  Google were going to be stringing coax cable throughout the city. The whole idea is silly.

One of the primary differences in approaches is that UTOPIA is all about open access. We simply provide the infrastructure so that private (and typically local) ISPs can provide services on it. This means consumer choice and empowerment. We remain committed to this public/private partnership.

So, make no mistake: it’s exciting to see Google Fiber come to Provo. Residents there who choose Google’s gigabit offering will be able to appreciate the same gigabit-capable broadband access UTOPIA customers have enjoyed for nearly a year.

 

 

 

 

4 Responses

  1. Rich says:

    So, make no mistake: it’s exciting to see Google Fiber come to Provo. Residents there who choose Google’s gigabit offering will be able to appreciate the same gigabit-capable broadband access UTOPIA customers have enjoyed for nearly a year.

    Now if we could get the current Utopia service providers that are offering gigabit speeds to come anywhere close to Google’s $70/month offering, we would be happy!

  2. Fiber Optic Marine says:

    First of all, Rich, the ACTUAL price for a gigiabit is not $70. There are quite a few articles on how that worked in the other 2 areas Google is in.

    Now, with that being cleared, I am trying to be excited for this. I don’t fear it affecting our community owned, MULTIPLE PROVIDER network of Utopia. The only affect it will have on Utopia will be to bring the Gigbait speed to the normal speed for Utopia residents… I CANT WIAT!!!.

    However, what has actually occurred is a travesty to the taxpayers in Provo. Im trying to recal when I have ever sold ANYTHING and not made a profit… or at least paid the balance off. Yet here Provo tax payer’s are; not only expected to continue to pay for a property that will no longer belong to them but they are now being told that another $1,700,000 will be added to that tab.

    As a Marine, I took an oath. That oath prohibits me from applauding this outright scandal in any form. The only group that will be making out in this deal WILL NOT BE the good peoples of Provo, but the new telecom monopoly being called Google Fiber and its investors. This is truly a scam against the good peoples of Provo who are also Americans. If we cant stand against things like this then we simply guarantee that OUR CITY is next.

  3. Randy says:

    As I live in probably one of the most dense”Tech oriented” residential neighborhoods in Orem, I wish I was one of those who you are talking about being a “Utopia customer” who has had access to lightening fast internet.

    Even now I have had a box in the ground outside my home for over a year and have no hope of seeing service for the foreseeable future. Vaporware is still vaporware. I can only hope MY section of Orem gets service before all the money runs out (again).

  4. xedrac says:

    Hey Randy, at least Orem is on the list of cities that support UTOPIA. Here in Riverton, our leaders “support” the idea but are not willing to help fund it. While it might be a few years before you actually get access, it will probably be a few decades for me :(

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