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Google Fiber makes Provo, Utah, its third market

Updated: 2013-04-18T03:34:47Z

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Google announced Wednesday that it will expand its high-speed Internet and TV service to Provo, Utah.

Last month, Kansas City was the only market to get the company’s much-sought-after Google Fiber service. Last week, the company announced that it would build a network running fiberoptic cables to homes in tech-happy Austin, Texas.

On Wednesday, the company said it is adding the mountain town of Provo after signing an agreement to buy iProvo, an existing, city-owned fiberoptic network.

“As a part of the acquisition,” Google said in a blog post, “we would commit to 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.”

The agreement still needs approval from the Provo City Council. A vote is scheduled for Tuesday.

The move takes Google Fiber into its smallest market so far. The city has a population of about 115,000 people. Google has not said how many markets it might ultimately sell the service to.

Provo began construction of its network in 2004. Two years ago, the city began looking for a buyer for the network.

“We’re committed to keeping their vision alive,” Google said.

If the deal goes through, Google will provide free low-speed Internet service to residents for seven years for a $30 activation fee. In Kansas City, Google is offering a similar deal for its low-end Internet connections, but only after a $300 installation fee. Google also promised free high-speed connections to 25 locations such as libraries and schools in Provo. It has made similar promises in Kansas City and Austin.

Google also intends to offer Internet speeds in Provo of one gigabit per second, far faster than most U.S. home connections, and a TV package. The company did not say whether prices for those services would be similar to Kansas City’s.

Google this week also made a deal to buy “dark fiber” from North Kansas City, which has built its own fiberoptic network, for $3.2 million.

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