Google Fiber team wants Provo deployment ready by end of 2013

Summary:Michael Slinger, director of business operations for the Google Fiber team, in the announcement that the initial priority is to upgrade the existing fiber network in Provo to be Gigabit-ready.

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Google has declared that it is ready to move forward at a full throttle speed with its Fiber deployment in Provo, Utah.

To recall, Google announced back in April that it would be bringing its advanced Gigabit Internet power to Provo after buying up iProvo, an existing fiber-optic network owned by the city itself. Now that sale is complete.

While an exact roadmap hasn't been publish, the Google Fiber team hinted at an October launch date -- or deadline of some kind -- in a blog post on Thursday. Additionally, Google wants to have the first customers onboard and ready for the service by the end of the year.

Michael Slinger, director of business operations for the Google Fiber team, in the announcement that the initial priority is to upgrade the existing fiber network in Provo to be Gigabit-ready.

But there's another constraint to consider.

Slinger explained:

Secondly, we’re spending a lot of time talking with property managers and owners of large apartment building and condominiums. Planning for and installing Google Fiber in these big buildings takes a lot of time, so if you manage a building with 5 or more units, we’d love to start chatting with you now — please get in touch with us!

Provo is one of the smaller metropolitan areas with growing tech industries selected by Google for Fiber deployments. Other locales include Austin and Kansas City .

Google hasn't started accepting Fiber sign-ups in Provo just yet, but it did already outline its three-tier subscription model, ranging from free to $120 per month for Gigabit Internet and TV service.

Well, almost free.

All plans will require a one-time $30 construction fee at signing, paid either by the resident or the landlord after signing up for a contract and having the apartment/condo wired for Fiber.

Topics: Mobility, 4G, Google, Networking, Telcos

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