MacNN | Provo, Utah city council unanimously approves Google Fiber offer
Mac News Network View: Standard | Headlines | Categorized | Slim
Mac News Network
Mac News iPod News Reviews Forums
 

Desktop Headlines
Provo, Utah city council unanimously approves Google Fiber offer
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 @ 6:22pm

The seven-member Provo Municipal Council approved Google's offer to buy the iProvo fiberoptic network. The unanimous vote makes Provo the third area to adopt the search engine as an internet provider. While Google has to pay the area $1 for the right to use the extant fiber, the locality has a number of additional expenses related to the network that it must still pay, not previously announced.



Provo taxpayers are still on the hook for a $39 million bond that the city issued to build the network in the first place. The city still owes $3.3 million including interest per year for 12 years, in addition to $722,000 in equipment to allow the government to continue using the gigabit service for services like traffic lights and police services. Additionally, Google has required that Provo precisely map the fiber lays, which will cost an additional $500,000. Provo has the option to spend $500,000 for an insurance policy to cover legal damages should the network not be presented to Google as planned. Google will own the network outright, and will be responsible for modernizing and maintaining the decade-old hardware. The search engine is also required to provide free gigabit service to 25 public schools, recreation centers, and other public services.

Comments on this Article
Print Friendly Version
Email to a Friend
Add MacNN to Your RSS Feeds
Buy from the Apple Store


Related Stories:

Today's MacNN Stories:

  • Apple updates iTunes to version 12.1, adds Notification widget - 8:26 PM EST
  • Briefly: Facebook Paper improves photo sharing, Pro Pinball for iOS - 8:00 PM EST
  • Google posts increased earnings in quarterly report, misses estimates - 7:48 PM EST
  • Prime membership rescues Amazon from loss, $241 million profit posted - 6:37 PM EST
  • Apple offers iOS, Mac productivity sales on App Stores - 6:17 PM EST
  • Elgato issues recall for faulty Smart Power battery packs - 4:34 PM EST
  • Hands On: Microsoft Outlook (iOS) - 4:26 PM EST
  • Facebook introduces Foursquare-style Place Tips - 3:25 PM EST
  • FCC redefines broadband speeds as 25Mbps downloads, 3Mbps uploads - 2:49 PM EST
  • Briefly: Soundcloud, Tumblr iOS apps receive updates - 1:57 PM EST
  • Google Play beats App Store in downloads, fares worse in revenues - 1:23 PM EST
  • Amazon WorkMail seeks to replace Google, Microsoft corporate email - 1:05 PM EST
  • iTunes Connect users report being logged into wrong accounts [u] - 12:28 PM EST
  • Hands On: CoinKeeper (iOS) - 12:17 PM EST
  • Apple Back to School promo goes live in Australia, New Zealand - 10:56 AM EST
  • Microsoft OneDrive upgrades photo functions, offers Mac sync client - 10:52 AM EST
  • Hands On: Gravity Ghost (OS X, Windows) - 10:33 AM EST
  • Apple, Samsung effectively tied for lead in global smartphone market - 10:02 AM EST
  • Pointers: 10 Fast Tips for Safari (OS X) - 9:06 AM EST
  • Microsoft releases Outlook preview, ships Office for Android apps - 7:36 AM EST
  • Hands On: Comic Zeal (iOS) - 7:31 AM EST
  • Samsung fourth-quarter, fiscal year 2014 results shows drop in profits - 2:23 AM EST
  • R&D at Apple increases by 42 percent, hits $1.9B - 1:00 AM EST
  • China to require backdoors, audits for foreign enterprise sales - 12:48 AM EST
  • Review: Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 projector - 12:20 AM EST

    Today's iPodNN Stories:
  • WSJ: Microsoft may make investment in Android ROM producer Cyanogen - 10:32 PM EST
  • Sky confirms future launch of own carrier on O2's mobile network - 5:20 PM EST
  • Briefly: Gmail 'Send Money' option in UK, Sky Go app on PlayStation 3 - 5:58 AM EST
  • Qantas to offer Samsung VR headsets to select passengers - 3:06 AM EST
  • Silk Road trial shifts to focus to buyer and dealer experience - 2:52 AM EST
  • No comments posted on this story yet. Please post yours.
    Your Comments
    In order to post comments, you must be a registered member of the MacNN Forums and logged in. Please login with your MacNN Forums username and password.

    MacNN Forums Login:

    MacNN Forums Password:

    Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.