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Google continues Fiber rollout with third city deal

17 Apr 2013
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Google has signed up a third city in its efforts to build its Fiber high-speed internet service.

The company said that it had agreed to a deal to purchase, upgrade and operate the fibre-optic network in Provo, Utah. Located outside of Salt Lake City, Provo is home to Brigham Young University and has in recent years arisen as a hot spot for technology start-ups.

The deal makes Provo the third US City to sign on to Google's Fiber network plan. Last year, the company rolled out its first large-scale network deployment when it brought broadband fibre service to Kansas City.

Earlier this month the company named Austin, Texas as its second gigabit fibre-enabled city. The company also operates a small test network in Silicon Valley.

While Provo lacks the reputation of larger hubs such as San Jose, Boston and San Francisco, Google said that its newest partner was in fact an emerging player in the start-up scene.

"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 US," Google Fiber general manager Kevin Lo said in announcing the deal.

"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."

Google has for years touted its desire to build out high-speed network infrastructure and services through fibre optic lines. The company believes that its networks can consistently provide users with gigabit throughput speeds.

While Google has yet to announce plans for a jump across the pond with Fiber, carriers such as BT have kicked off fibre initiatives of their own, expanding broadband capabilities in the UK.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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