Google Fiber Is Taking Over Provo, Utah, Then The World

By Trevor Ruben , Updated Apr 17, 2013 07:38 PM EDT

Google turns its sights on Provo, Utah this week as they seek approval from the City Council to purchase the existing fiber-optic internet network in the area, iProvo, and build Google Fiber into the city from there. This marks the third major city for Google Fiber after Kansas City and Austin, Tx.

Kevin Lo, Google Fiber General Manager, took to the Official Google blog Wednesday to announce their intentions for Provo.

"Utah is already home to hundreds of tech companies and startups, and many of them are based in Provo. In fact, the Provo area ranks second in the nation in patent growth, and is consistently ranked as one of the top places to live and do business in the U.S. We believe the future of the Internet will be built on gigabit speeds, and we're sure the businesses and residents of Provo already have some good ideas for what they'd build with a gig," he writes.

"We intend to make Provo our third Google Fiber City."

Google also intends to provide free internet to "25 local public institutions like schools, libraries and hospitals" if approved, according to the post.

Google Fiber has proven to be the fastest available Internet Service Provider in the United States (Netflix agrees), far exceeding the likes of Comcast or Verizon in the same field. It doesn't help those two and other providers that the service comes with optional cable TV as well.

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