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Google Fiber reveals plans for Provo

The company's plans for upgrading Provo, Utah's existing fiber-optic network include free broadband at current speeds.


Google has announced its initial fee schedule for its planned Gigabit network in Provo, Utah, and it will include free broadband at today's speeds.

"We're working to upgrade the existing fiber network in Provo to be Gigabit-ready," Michael Slinger, Google Fiber's director of business operations, wrote in a blog post Thursday.

Provo residents and landlords who want to join Google's network will have to pay a one-time $30 construction fee. From there, Google will offer three plans. After the fee, a plan for 5Mbps download and 1Mbps upload, which approximates current broadband speeds, will be free.

Gigabit Internet at up to 100 times faster than basic broadband, up to 1Gbps download and upload, will cost $70 per month. A third plan bundles Gigabit Internet with television for $120 per month, and will add "hundreds" of high-definition channels, allow you to record up to eight shows at once, and store up to 500 hours of HD video locally.

People using the existing Veracity network will be allowed to continue to do so for now, but eventually will be asked to subscribe to Google Fiber. It's not clear yet if Veracity subscribers must choose Google Fiber, or if they will have the option to continue with Veracity or another Internet provider.