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Google Fiber To Come To Provo, Utah

Soulskill posted about a year and a half ago | from the stop-making-me-jealous-of-cities-i've-never-heard-of dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Google announced today that they intend on purchasing the existing iProvo fiber network to make Provo the third U.S. city to have Google Fiber. If approved by the city council, implementation would begin later in 2013. 'As a part of the acquisition, 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.'" Also at SlashCloud

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Coming next (-1, Flamebait)

Nimey (114278) | about a year and a half ago | (#43476515)

two virtual Mormons coming to visit your fiber-connected computer.

Re:Coming next (0)

flaming error (1041742) | about a year and a half ago | (#43476711)

With such bandwidth they should be able to beam themselves straight from their transporter room to your MMORPG..

Re:Coming next (1, Funny)

egcagrac0 (1410377) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477583)

Multi-Mormon Online Real Proselytizing Game?

Coming next -faster Comcast!!!! (1)

tooyoung (853621) | about a year and a half ago | (#43476971)

I wonder how long it will take for Comcast to suddenly decide to offer a very similar service in Provo.

Re:Coming next (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43478017)

Warp-speed cult fiber behind the Zion curtain!

Funny timing with CISPA vote today... (0)

kcbnac (854015) | about a year and a half ago | (#43476583)

Funny that Google (one of the backers of CISPA) announces something that will catch everyone's eyes and ears on the same day CISPA goes to the Senate floor for a vote.

Re:Funny timing with CISPA vote today... (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year and a half ago | (#43476655)

Canadians can at least try to do something about it:
http://www.leadnow.ca/stop-fipa-vote [leadnow.ca] .

Re:Funny timing with CISPA vote today... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43478039)

Google has actually declined to take a position on CISPA according to the EFF.

Not fair to call it Google fiber (2, Informative)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about a year and a half ago | (#43476595)

AFAICT, Google hasn't laid a single foot of fiber themselves. They've just been buying up existing fiber that has already been laid by earlier projects and calling it Google fiber.

Re:Not fair to call it Google fiber (1, Flamebait)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year and a half ago | (#43476645)

Google, Microsoft and Apple do the same thing. If it's something bought from someone else, they re-brand it. Examples include Google Fiber, MS-DOS and Siri.

Re:Not fair to call it Google fiber (2, Informative)

tlhIngan (30335) | about a year and a half ago | (#43476929)

Google, Microsoft and Apple do the same thing. If it's something bought from someone else, they re-brand it. Examples include Google Fiber, MS-DOS and Siri.

Siri wasn't re-branded. It was always called Siri, named after the original company, Siri Inc, which was spun off from SRI International (Stanford Research Institute) - a company created by Stanford to commercialize Stanford's research.

Of course, there were dozens of other things that were re-branded. Like Thunderbolt (though Apple licensed the trademark for free usage, after seeing what happened with FireWire)

Re:Not fair to call it Google fiber (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year and a half ago | (#43476965)

You're right about Siri, my mistake. In the case of Thunderbolt, AFAIK it was developed jointly with Intel, so apart from the different name I don't think it's anything like Google Fiber.

I guess OS X would be a better example, since Apple bought NeXT and used its OS as the basis for OS X.

Even then... (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | about a year and a half ago | (#43480097)

I guess OS X would be a better example, since Apple bought NeXT and used its OS as the basis for OS X.

I don't know, it still shares the "X"... :-)

Re:Even then... (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year and a half ago | (#43484991)

Maybe that's why they called it "X" instead of "10".

Re:Not fair to call it Google fiber (2)

compro01 (777531) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477491)

All the Thunderbolt rights, including trademark, belong to Intel. Apple registered the trademark initially, but then gave it to Intel sometime in 2011

Re:Not fair to call it Google fiber (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43476721)

Google is connecting fiber lines directly to people's homes. They've laid plenty of fiber.

Re:Not fair to call it Google fiber (2)

Yanzzee (2900139) | about a year and a half ago | (#43476725)

AFAICT, Google hasn't laid a single foot of fiber themselves. They've just been buying up existing fiber that has already been laid by earlier projects and calling it Google fiber.

The difference here being Gigabit speeds, or free 5Mbit for those that don't need the speed. Both of which will probably be a big hit in a college town, and weren't previously offered by iProvo.

Re:Not fair to call it Google fiber (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43476767)

Google hasn't laid a single foot of fiber themselves.

Do you have a source for that? Mercury News claims that "The Provo deal is the first time Google plans to acquire an existing fiber-optic system."

(see http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_23045919/google-fiber-takes-new-challenge-obtaining-an-already)

Re:Not fair to call it Google fiber (1)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about a year and a half ago | (#43481539)

Google has been buying up [voip-news.com] existing "dark fiber" networks since 2005. They've made little secret of it.

Re:Not fair to call it Google fiber (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43476775)

They may not be laying it themselves, but someone is paying all those trucks in my neighborhood to lay fiber. (Olathe)

Re:Not fair to call it Google fiber (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43476879)

Living in provo, it'll be a good thing. We have the worst oligopoly I've ever seen. the iProvo bid the city tried would've been more successful if they had the capital to really invest in it properly ( which being a small-ish town they didn't). There is lots of fiber laid, but they are going to be expanding it. My biggest hope is Comcast and the other ISP's in the area take notice. Unfortunately, at the moment it is limited to pretty much just Provo, which is tiny. I work for BYU and I doubt any of my colleagues live within the city. Most people who actually "live" here ( non students) live in Springville, Orem, American Fork and the likes. But if it upsets the standing oligopoly enough to hurt them, maybe the other close by communities will benefit from some real competition.

How is it not fair to call it Google Fiber? (4, Insightful)

DragonWriter (970822) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477233)

AFAICT, Google hasn't laid a single foot of fiber themselves. They've just been buying up existing fiber that has already been laid by earlier projects and calling it Google fiber.

You know what, most airlines have never built an airplane themselves, either, they just buy up (actually, I think "lease" is the more common model now) existing airplanes and slap their names on them. So what?

Since when is it "not fair" to use your company's name on a service you sell, just because some key pieces of equipment used in providing that service were either purchased or leased from someone else? Is it unfair for the (very many) companies selling services built on top of, e.g., Amazon's cloud infrastructure (who haven't even bought the infrastructure from Amazon, but are renting it dynamically based on usage) to use their own name rather than Amazon's for their services?

Re:Not fair to call it Google fiber (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477365)

Yeah. iProvo was started by the city and was a huge and expensive disaster with incomplete service, huge fees and ended up being passed around like a hot potato through multiple service providers. Google can call it whatever they want, so long as they fix it.

Re:Not fair to call it Google fiber (1)

Qzukk (229616) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477819)

AFAICT, Google hasn't laid a single foot of fiber themselves

That's funny, half the rage over google fiber in Kansas was them getting permission to use power poles for stringing up fiber. Not sure what everyone was up in arms about if all that fiber was already there.

Re:Not fair to call it Google fiber (1)

dywolf (2673597) | about a year and a half ago | (#43481479)

if that's what it takes....

Re:Not fair to call it Google fiber (1)

Branciforte (2437662) | about a year and a half ago | (#43504593)

Google is laying tons and tons of fiber.

Google does buy up dark fiber capacity, for backbones, but that has nothing to do with the Google Fiber project in KC, Austin, and Provo.

Tons of fiber has been installed in KC. I'm not sure about the situation in Austin. In Provo, Google is taking over the unfinished government fiber project and finishing/upgrading it.

Get googles attention: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43476641)

In order to get google fiber to come to your city just get your city council to start their own fiber network.

Re:Get googles attention: (2)

fishybell (516991) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477807)

...and then fail to deliver very well, then lose millions of tax payer dollars, then give it away, then buy it back, then give it to Google, then continue to lose millions of dollars. Brilliant!

...then again, I'm getting Google Fiber...yeah, I'll take it.

Stop taunting us! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43476653)

When will Google Fiber come to my city! Yes, I'll give up all my privacy to Google! You know the truth? If Google demanded I send them nude pictures so I could have gigabit Internet, I'd do it! Anything for gigabit Internet! PLEASE!!! NOW!!! PLEASE!!!

Re:Stop taunting us! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43476997)

That's their goal, in fact. With naked pictures of everybody, you'd have everything you want on the internet. Users get free access to naked pictures in exchange for pictures of themselves naked.

I have to run, I'm going to the market to exchange food I already have for other food that I don't have.

Re:Stop taunting us! (2, Funny)

egcagrac0 (1410377) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477619)

The trouble with crowdsourcing naked pictures is that there are a lot of people out there I don't want to see naked.

Perhaps that's their business model - pay us, or we send you more pictures of 14/f/cali guy.

Re:Stop taunting us! (2)

antdude (79039) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477011)

Ditto. I will show off my sexy abdomen, stinger, thorax, etc. ;)

Re:Stop taunting us! (1, Interesting)

StormReaver (59959) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477385)

When will Google Fiber come to my city!

Every time I have to talk to AT&T tech support, I make sure I mention that I really, really, really hope that Google Fiber comes to my area so I can drop AT&T.

Recently, my UVerse modem died, requiring a replacement. After it was installed, I had to call tech support to get my static IP address reinstated. At one point, I said I was using Linux, and AT&T said they would have to stop the tech support call right there. I then said I was running Windows XP, and the tech support guy resumed being just as useless as he was before I said I was running Linux.

I want Google to come to my city soooooooo badly.

Re:Stop taunting us! (3, Funny)

Guppy (12314) | about a year and a half ago | (#43478299)

Google FIber: The cure for a constipated telecom monopoly. No, seriously -- just one dose, and entrenched ISPs start running :)

Re:Stop taunting us! (1)

krakass (935403) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477879)

"Those who give up dignity for high-speed internet deserve neither."

- Ben Franklin 1775

At this rate (1)

BenJeremy (181303) | about a year and a half ago | (#43476683)

Google Fiber will engulf the US in a mere 4,378 years!

Re:At this rate (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43476739)

Google Fiber will engulf the US in a mere 4,378 years!

I'm not sure why they are expanding when the original Kansas City install is not even 10% completed.

Re:At this rate (3, Interesting)

fatalwall (873645) | about a year and a half ago | (#43476945)

Maybe because Kansas City is being installed as fast as they want and they figure they can have teams in different locations going at max safe speed for install without conflicts. It could also be due to what the cable/media companies are doing with Caps and Cable subscription requirements to access content on hulu which goes inverse to the point of hulu. How best to shake things up then to have multiple sites being implemented forcing companies to upgrade networks or risk a google takeover of all customers.

Why not work in parallel in different cities? (3, Insightful)

DragonWriter (970822) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477135)

I'm not sure why they are expanding when the original Kansas City install is not even 10% completed.

Because fiber deployment (both actual fiber laying and establishing service) in different cities is something that parallelizes quite well providing that you have sufficient capital, so there is no reason to hold off starting work in other cities just because you haven't finished in the first one you started in.

Re:At this rate (1)

symbolset (646467) | about a year and a half ago | (#43479599)

Kansas city is very cold in the winter. Now that it is warming up there, they can send crews for field training from more habitable places. It takes time to build methods, processes and human resources so they start slow as they figure out the optimal ways to do things. The KC installers probably live in the KC area and if they develop too many crews they will run out of work. Once they have good processes the scale can ramp pretty quick.

Re:At this rate (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477359)

Google Fiber will engulf the US in a mere 4,378 years!

So... Faster than AT&T, then?

Re:At this rate (1)

stretch0611 (603238) | about a year and a half ago | (#43478447)

Google Fiber will engulf the US in a mere 4,378 years!

Which when compared to cable providers will be 100x quicker than their scheduled upgrade to Gigabit. (and 250x quicker than telcos.)

And don't forget, even when cable companies get to the Gigabit threshold, they will still have a 250Mb/month usage cap. (which will only be waived if you are in an area where they do not have a monopoly and fear you may leave for the competition.)

Will they have all in market teams / rsn's? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43476687)

Altitude Sports & Entertainment HD

        Colorado Avalanche

ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain HD

        Rockies
        Utah Jazz

FS Arizona HD

        Diamondbacks
        Phoenix Coyotes

also need the alt / over flow feeds.

Will they have the right ESPN feeds (can't use the same ESPN / ESPN 2 feed for all areas 100% of the time)

Can't wait (3, Informative)

ekimd (968058) | about a year and a half ago | (#43476729)

As a current iProvo fiber user, I can't wait to welcome my new Google overlords.

Re:Can't wait (2)

fishybell (516991) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477753)

I used iProvo back when Provo city was still running the ship and it was perfectly fine (except the install process). Each time it moved hands it seemed to get worse. This final move will hopefully be the last. I texted John Curtis (Provo mayor) as soon as I heard the announcement. His response? "It's a great oppurtinity for Provo." I find that somewhat telling as Provo city gets 25 buildings wired to gigabit for free, while the taxpayers (myself included) continue paying for the $39 million bond.
iProvo was sold for one dollar ($1 USD) to Google. Google upgrades services at their cost, provides free internet to Provo citizens at 5 mbit ($30 install fee) and to Provo goverment (and library, etc.) at 1 gbit, and Provo gets to put a big smily face on it's city while continuing to pay $3.3 million a year towards the bond. I guess the idea is that this will get more high-tech businesses to setup in Provo, but as far as I can tell, it's mostly just a "we hate Veracity" measure to get them to not be the provider anymore.

Re:Can't wait (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477997)

You meant $300 install fee, right? (Though I see that for the higher priced ones, they even have the install fee officially listed as waived, like I had read about in other news stories.)

Even if you do have to pay $300 install fee, that's at worst equivalent to 1 year of DSL (using AT&T's price for naked DSL.. The $14.95/month ads require you to have a phone line)⦠then free. Seems like a great deal to me.

Re:Can't wait (1)

c++0xFF (1758032) | about a year and a half ago | (#43478225)

It's a $30 activation fee [blogspot.com] for those already on iProvo. My bet is that new customers pay a $300 install fee for the free service, just like elsewhere, but no news on that yet.

Re:Can't wait (4, Informative)

jensend (71114) | about a year and a half ago | (#43478121)

It's true that this is basically a "take this away from Veracity" move.

iProvo was a great idea. It was killed by politics.

The extreme right-wing folks who think there should be no public services managed to force Provo to not provide services directly ("retail model") but rather to cut corporate middlemen in on the deal ("wholesale model"). That privatized all the profits while socializing all the costs. Unsurprisingly, it failed.

Given the political realities in Utah right now, I suppose the Google Fiber deal is the best we could hope for. But we would have had something at least as good way back in 2006 if it weren't for idiotic politicians.

Re:Can't wait (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43478561)

As someone who has veracity, their service has been great but I swear they only have two guys in their tech support department and they came right out of high school because it sucks worse than a hooker with braces.

Indeed (2)

Dega704 (1454673) | about a year and a half ago | (#43476827)

Here's hoping they do the same with the stalling UTOPIA network in Salt Lake City.

Re:Indeed (1)

Smonster (2884001) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477201)

Salt Lake City is not part of UTOPIA. Though many surrounding municipalities are part of it.

Re:Indeed (1)

Dega704 (1454673) | about a year and a half ago | (#43506567)

Here's hoping that they do the same with the UTOPIA network in Brigham City, Centerville, Layton, Lindon, Midvale, Murray, Orem, Payson, Tremonton, and West Valley City then. Is that better? Criminy.

Re:Indeed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477323)

How about the giant hole in Utopia that is Orem? I was walking around the neighborhood I'm moving into and there are stakes down for a Utopia fiber run that a resident said had been there for a year. I'm settling for no contract CenturyLink for the time being. Glad to know that someone other than Veracity will be taking on iProvo. Their customer service is atrocious and their service is fast, but that's about it.

Porn (2, Funny)

Oyjord (810904) | about a year and a half ago | (#43476839)

Just imagine how much faster the porn will download in Utah! Wait....

Re:Porn (1)

ewieling (90662) | about a year and a half ago | (#43476933)

Indeed. Old, but may be relevant: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705288350/Utah-No-1-in-online-porn-subscriptions-report-says.html?pg=all

Re:Porn (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477141)

With all those powerful men building up harems of wives, it's actually going to require more porn for the rest of the people.

Re:Porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477417)

and the lack of knowledge about a sub culture rears its head! Congrats you're the first idiot!

Who cares. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477783)

As a non-Mormon Utah native I always find it amusing when Mormons get so offended when the rest of the country proves how insignificant their religion actually is.

Re:Porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43479281)

Probably just as fast as my next bowel movement after taking Google fiber.

Big cities?? (1)

seven of five (578993) | about a year and a half ago | (#43476881)

I'm getting the impression that LA, Chicago and NY are going to have a long wait for this.

Re:Big cities?? (4, Insightful)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477025)

Now imagine how long people in Shawinigan, Québec, Canada will have to wait.

Re:Big cities?? (1)

Guspaz (556486) | about a year and a half ago | (#43478011)

Shawinigan is in the service area of Bell Canada, who are deploying fiber to the home (in general, not necessarily currently in Shawinigan) at a pretty decent pace, although their speeds top out at 175 Mbps symetrical for several times more than Google charges.

Re:Big cities?? (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year and a half ago | (#43478787)

And since it's Bell, that 175 Mbps will be useless after about an hour or two of downloading. They have some of the worst monthly caps I've ever heard of.

Re:Big cities?? (1)

Guspaz (556486) | about a year and a half ago | (#43479961)

They have unlimited for $10/mth extra, although I'm not sure if they're still allowing people to sign up for it.

Re:Big cities?? (3, Insightful)

rsborg (111459) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477985)

I'm getting the impression that LA, Chicago and NY are going to have a long wait for this.

Of course they will. Do those cities also have a municipal fiber setup that Google could snatch up for $1?
When Google is looking at the FIBER_ROLLOUT_CITIES table, they aren't doing an ORDER BY population DESC. More like ORDER BY cost, legal_difficulties ASC.

Re:Big cities?? (1)

MrDoh! (71235) | about a year and a half ago | (#43480065)

I wish more things were explained using simple SQL.

Google doesn't use SQL, they use GQL (1)

digiti (200497) | about a year and a half ago | (#43480145)

So the result for this would be a failure due to no index. Ugh. BigTable.

acceleration (1)

sayfawa (1099071) | about a year and a half ago | (#43476895)

Wow, from the first city to the next getting it, it was, what, about a year? And now another one in a matter of days. If my calculations are correct, all baryonic matter will be made of google fiber in a month, or so.

Awesome!

Re:acceleration (2)

MrYingster (594507) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477097)

Is extrapolating your hobby? XKCD [xkcd.com]

Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! Danger! (1)

AtomicSymphonic (2570041) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477009)

Looks like ISP's better watch their collective back. Google coming to screw telecom monopolies over and give the customer what they truly want in an obscure city somewhat near you...

Re:Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! Danger! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477079)

Looks like ISP's better watch their collective back.

No, please no. I love my ISP with its National Security Letters Canary ( "This message indicates that we have not received any NSLs" ) and do-anything-you-want-its-your-Internet policy.

I don't want Google with its NO SERVERS and CONSUME MORE ADS policies.

Re:Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! Danger! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43479441)

I'm not happy that Google may disrupt the national internet service provider market. Instead, I am happy that Google may disrupt the national internet service provider market.

Re:Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! Danger! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477187)

Why? A 1Gbit connection which logs what I do, injects ads, hijacks DNS, and prevents me from accessing ThePirateBay (Google does support CISPA after all), is not a comparable service to a 5Mbit connection which keeps no logs and lets me connect to anything. I'd stick with the 5Mbit.

It's the difference between a fast Ferrari and a slow hovercraft.

Re:Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! Danger! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477427)

logs what I do, injects ads, hijacks DNS, and prevents me from accessing ThePirateBay

Citation?

Re:Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! Danger! (1)

Zeromous (668365) | about a year and a half ago | (#43478625)

Google and Facebook have yet to support CISPA.

Re:Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! Danger! (2)

Zeromous (668365) | about a year and a half ago | (#43478631)

Which for that matter has nothing to do with collecting your personal information and injecting ads.

Re:Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! Danger! (1)

fishybell (516991) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477779)

Hey! That obscure city is where I live!

...then again, it's usually listed as "a suburb of Salt Lake City" even though it's 40 minutes away...

Is UTOPIA Next? (1)

Sir_Eptishous (873977) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477261)

Google would get a firesale price if they wanted to purchase UTOPIA [wikipedia.org] .
Google, buy UTOPIA!

Re:Is UTOPIA Next? (1)

littlewiggler (248309) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477757)

Yup - and sign up West Jordan....

Why? Cause they LOVE the gov't (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477337)

Utah.... how strategic.

Either have the gov't be a customer [wikipedia.org] or even a buyer from the gov't! Hmm.... the possibilities...

This is not a surprise. Utah's going to have HUGE pipes going in soon.

mean while...back in silicon valley (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477401)

Home of Google/Apple/Cisco/Juniper/Intel - we still stuck at 2Mbps DSL and 15Mbps Cable

Yawn.....

So glad (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477547)

I'm so glad that I moved to Utah!

Said no one ever (still).

History repeats (2)

dbIII (701233) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477877)

A place in Utah was also the third site in the forerunner of the internet.

Why choose Provo? (hint: lookup Bluffdale, Utah) (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43478645)

Just wanted to float the slightly unobvious fact that Provo is only one county away from Bluffdale, Utah where the NSA's new data facility (capable of storing the entirety of the Internet for the next 1000 years) is located..

*wink wink...say no more, say no more*

Re:Why choose Provo? (hint: lookup Bluffdale, Utah (1)

MrDoh! (71235) | about a year and a half ago | (#43480071)

Good, I've been looking for an off-site backup of all my animated cat Gifs. This /might/ be enough.

Re:Why choose Provo? (hint: lookup Bluffdale, Utah (1)

unixisc (2429386) | about a year and a half ago | (#43481741)

The old headquarters of Novell?

Connection to new NSA data center in Bluffton, UT? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43478821)

Coincidence or conspiracy? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_Data_Center Per Google maps, 26.8 miles away.

Might the new data center be a motivating factor for putting Provo, UT as the _third_ city to get Google Fiber? Provo, UT isn't _that_ large of a city.

SCO Group? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43479051)

SCO (now operating under the name TSG Group) is based in Lindon UT, a suburb between Provo and Salt Lake City.

Wonder what they'll do with the cheap bandwidth.

Pop Star! (1)

AnotherAnonymousUser (972204) | about a year and a half ago | (#43479471)

How else could they stream Lindsey Stirling performances live to her millions of fans?

Whooo hoo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43480175)

iProvo, wasn't that great (which I already have). Now I get awsome internet!!!!

its a shame really.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43483533)

its a shame that in their own backyard, they cant offer the same service..
Makes you wonder about whats really going on in california.
Perhaps because there no way the sate could make an apprecible ammount so just not allow it to be offered..
Once again bolstered by the the dying page know as /. Wow great content guys..

$1 Fiber network (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43486405)

"Even though Google is promising a number of upgrades to iProvo, having a government sanctioned monopoly for $1"

http://transmission.xmission.com/2013/04/18/the-1-fiber-optic-network

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