People waited in anticipation on Tuesday for an “epic announcement” from Provo Mayor John Curtis. Up to the last minute, #epicprovoannouncement was trending on Twitter as people tweeted guesses of what the announcement would be.
The press conference came, and Curtis announced Wednesday afternoon that Provo would be getting Google Fiber, making it one of the first cities in the world to have “universal Internet connectivity in nearly every home,” according to the mayor’s blog.
At 1:40 p.m., the mayor’s blog posted:
“Under the agreement announced today, Google Fiber is committed to helping Provo realize the original vision. If the deal is approved, Google Fiber will offer free Internet service (at approximately the same speed you have now at home) for those currently on the existing iProvo network. The value of that one element alone cannot be overstated — nearly every one of Provo’s 115,000 residents could soon have free Internet access in their homes for at least seven years. There will be a one-time $30 activation fee, but that’s it.”
Fiber.google.com immediately had a “Google Fiber in Provo” link up on its website to answer frequently asked questions. People can sign up on the website to get updates about the transition to Google Fiber.
Google Fiber is Internet that is 100 times faster than the average broadband speed. On the Google Fiber home page it says that,
“Google Fiber starts with a connection speed 100 times faster than today’s broadband. Instant downloads. Crystal clear high definition TV. And endless possibilities. It’s not cable. And it’s not just Internet. It’s Google Fiber.”