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City Broadband in Provo UT and Beyond.

Google Tv Channels

Google has already entered negotiations to offer local channels like BYU and Provo’s 17. Additionally, it is anticipated that they will offer stations similar to the Kansas City Lineup. Those include the following:

$50 package

  • 3net
  • A&E
  • ABC Family
  • ABC News Now
  • Animal Planet
  • Baby TV
  • BBC America
  • BBC World News
  • BET
  • BET Gospel
  • Biography Channel
  • Bloomberg
  • BlueHighways TV
  • Boomerang
  • Bravo
  • Big Ten Network
  • Cartoon Network
  • C-SPAN
  • C-SPAN 2
  • C-SPAN 3
  • CBS Sports Network
  • Centric
  • Chiller
  • cloo
  • CMT
  • CMT Pure Country
  • CNBC
  • CNBC World
  • CNN
  • CNN en Español
  • CNN International
  • Comedy Central
  • Cooking Channel
  • Crime & Investigation Network
  • Current TV
  • Destination America
  • Discovery
  • Discovery en Español
  • Discovery Familia
  • Discovery Fit & Health
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • DIY
  • E! Entertainment
  • ESPN
  • ESPNews
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN Buzzer Beater
  • ESPN Classic
  • ESPN Deportes
  • ESPN Goal Line
  • Food Network
  • Fox Business Network
  • Fox College Sports Atlantic
  • Fox College Sports Central
  • Fox College Sports Pacific
  • Fox Deportes
  • Fox Movie Channel
  • Fox News Channel
  • Fox Soccer
  • Fox Soccer Plus
  • FS Kansas City
  • Fuel TV
  • FX
  • G4
  • GAC (Great American Country)
  • Galavision
  • Game Show Network
  • Golf Channel
  • H2
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Hallmark Movie Channel
  • Halogen
  • HGTV
  • History
  • History en Español
  • HLN
  • HSN
  • HSN2
  • INSP
  • Investigation Discovery
  • La Familia Cosmovision
  • Lifetime
  • Lifetime Movie Network
  • Lifetime Real Women
  • LOGO
  • Longhorn
  • MGM
  • Military Channel
  • Military History
  • MLB Network
  • MTV
  • MTV Hits
  • MTV Jams
  • MTV tr3s
  • MTV2
  • MTVU
  • mun2
  • NASA
  • Nat Geo Mundo
  • Nat Geo WILD
  • National Geographic Channel
  • NBC Sports Network
  • NFL Network
  • Nick 2
  • Nick Jr.
  • Nickelodeon
  • Nicktoons
  • Outdoor Channel
  • Ovation
  • OWN
  • Oxygen
  • Palladia
  • PBS Kids Sprout
  • QVC
  • REELZChannel
  • Science Channel
  • Smithsonian
  • SOAPnet
  • Speed
  • Spike TV
  • Sportsman Channel
  • Syfy
  • TBN
  • TBN Enlace
  • TBS
  • TCM: Turner Classic Movies
  • Teen Nick
  • Telefutura
  • Telemundo
  • Tennis Channel
  • The Hub
  • TLC
  • TNT
  • Travel Channel
  • truTV
  • TV Land
  • TVG
  • Universal
  • Univision Deportes
  • USA Network
  • Utilisima
  • Velocity
  • VH1
  • VH1 Classic
  • WealthTV
  • The Weather Channel
  • WGN America
  • Youtoo TV
Optional Add-Ons
  • Premium – $40
  • HBO***
  • Cinemax***
  • STARZ***
  • Showtime***
  • *** Includes all channels listed in the standalone version of the optional add-on below
  • HBO – $20
  • HBO
  • HBO2
  • HBO Signature
  • HBO Family
  • HBO Latino
  • HBO Comedy
  • HBO Zone
  • Cinemax – $10
  • Max
  • MoreMax
  • ActionMax
  • ThrillerMax
  • WMax
  • @Max
  • 5-StarMax
  • OuterMax
  • Starz – $10
  • Starz
  • Starz Cinema
  • Starz Comedy
  • Starz Edge
  • Starz in Black
  • Starz Kids and Family
  • Encore
  • Encore Action
  • Encore Drama
  • Encore Espanol
  • Encore Family
  • Encore Love
  • Encore Suspense
  • Encore Westerns
  • IndiePlex
  • MoviePlex
  • RetroPlex
  • Showtime – $10
  • Showtime
  • Sho 2
  • Showtime Showcase
  • Showtime Extreme
  • Sho Beyond
  • Sho Next
  • Sho Women
  • Showtime Family Zone
  • The Movie Channel
  • The Movie Channel Xtra
  • FLIX
  • Hispanic – $5
  • Bandamax
  • De Pelicula
  • De Pelicula Clasico
  • FOROTv
  • HTV
  • Infinito
  • Ritmoson Latino
  • Telehit
  • Univision tlnovelas
  • ESPN 3D – $5
  • ESPN 3D

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I have had the opportunity to attend the community outreach meetings held by the city at Edgemont elementary as well as Spring Creek elementary. Mayor John Curtis has done an awesome job of explaining the struggle the city had with iProvo and how Google Fiber is an ideal solution to many of the problems we had with maintaining the network.

There has been very strong public support and attendance for the proposal.

During his explanation, he allows a rep named Jenna from Google to explain at a very high level what Google Fiber is, and then proceeds to explain how the city came to work with Google to find a solution to a difficult situation.

One thing that isn’t likely to go away is the monthly utility fee that the city had to impose to cover the costs of the iProvo buildout. Most residents are familiar with the $39 million dollar bond that was taken out to help pay for the iProvo buildout. This bond was secured by sales tax, so the city never really had the option of defaulting on the bond.  In order to pay it a $5.40 monthly charge was added to every residential utility bill to cover the full cost of the bond.

As the legal documents put forward indicate, Google will be purchasing the network for $1. This will not pay off the bond. It does bring a good deal of other benefits however.

Google is looking to begin conversions this year, and will likely have households online with their service in that same time period. They will be offering a similar line of services to that of Kansas City with a similar price. The TV stations in Provo will likely look like this.

The meeting concluded with a Q+A where many common questions were answered.

I will be updating the site as we get more information from Google, but please take a look at these two documents handed out at the local meetings.

Fiber Handout Front

Google Fiber Handout page 2


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Google Provo


Service plans and pricing

Your service plan options in Provo City Ut are similar to those in Kansas City, though these prices are not final and may be subject to additional taxes or fees:

  • Gigabit + TV: $120/month ($30 construction fee likely waived)
  • Gigabit Internet: $70/month ($30 construction fee likely waived)
  • Free Internet: $0/month (for at least seven years) + $30 construction fee

Unlike in Kansas City and Austin, Provo residents will receive a discount of $270 on getting their fiber connected.

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veracityMany people at the neighborhood meetings have asked what happens to their Veracity contracts.  If you have  an existing residential contract with Veracity you’re actually contracted with the city of Provo by proxy. You’ll be seamlessly switched over to Google without repercussions so if your contract is up for renewal, they Mayor indicated that you’re fine if you choose to renew the contract.

If you have a business account, then static IPs may be important to you. That was the first question I ever asked when I first met with Google reps, and is one which they’re actively looking to address in time for Provo going live. Google may choose to offer static ip addresses but does not have details on that product at the time. That service will only be offered in the form of a small business package of which details are forthcoming.

The cost of service will be similar to Kansas City with the free service being 5Mb down, 1MB up. The Gigabit service will be symettrical 1Gb up 1Gb down and cost $70. The TV package is an additional $50 though premium channels like HBO and Cinemax may cost extra. Google TV’s service does not offer pornography.


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alleyesonprovoWhy is Google buying the network instead of building?

Every community has different needs, geography, and in this case, Provo seems to represent a unique opportunity for Google to come in and make significant improvements to the network.

How long will the free internet access last?

At least 7 years. The at least portion of this response seems to indicate there may be some possibility the access is extended, but that’s just speculation.

Why is it $300 to connect to free access in Kansas City and Austin, but only $30 in Provo?

The $30 barely the cost of the wireless router provided, so  I would imagine the considerable discount is due to the city’s fiber already being in place.



More to come later today!




questionmarkYesterday I was spent a good portion of my afternoon meeting various members of the Google team assigned to Provo. Between them letting me play with their Google Pixel (one of them had solar panels built into his backpack to charge it) and discussions of static IP space, I reflected that Provo was in a fairly unique position.

We’re the first city in the world to have Google Fiber come in and offer to absorb and upgrade our municipal network. I had been hearing for years how there was no way a company like Google, or any other ISP for that matter would choose to take over the iProvo infrastructure.

So I asked them.

“We haven’t exactly been lobbying – I mean we didn’t even rename Provo to Google (which Topeka did) – why did you choose Provo?”

The answer was an interesting one.

They became interested in the network after the city issued a request for proposals on what to do with the network. The RFP wasn’t requiring anyone buy it, we just wanted to know what interesting options were out there.

Google was able to come up with some very interesting options.

They mentioned the importance of a community built around the idea of communication, and cited several examples of why Provo is an ideal option:

  • Provo has hundreds of startups and is a vibrant tech hub.
  • Provo is consistently  ranked highly as an ideal location for businesses and a great place to live.
  • Provo has historically placed a huge value on connectivity and community.

And so, after roughly a year of discussion, we have their formal offer to connect Provo to Google Fiber. A key component of this offer involves providing a minimum 7 years free 5 megabit-per-second internet access to every resident.

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What Google Fiber can do in one second.

What Google Fiber can do in one second.

A Gigabit is 1000 megabits. Those that recall dial-up internet connections may remember that their speeds maxes at 56 kilobits per second. That makes a gigabit internet connection almost 18,000 times faster than dial-up. Provo’s Google Fiber will allow computers to read and write data to the internet faster than most computers can write to a USB drive.

In past years, only large companies were able to access such speeds. You may have heard of a T1 line which your school or employer used to connect to the internet. Google Fiber is faster than 600 T1 lines. Cogent Communications gained a good deal of fame last year for offering 100 megabit connections for the bargain price of $1000 a month. Google Fiber is 10 times faster than that, and costs roughly $70.

Even today a commercial unmetered gigabit connection can easily cost more than $3,000 a month. Again, Google Fiber is offering this for $70. You may not need to open 1000 web pages in one second – but with Google fiber it’s not possible to backup every device in your home to a remote location, stream high def netflix to your laptop, let your children stream high def Hulu, and have someone playing online games all simultaneously without any lag or buffering – ever.






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1) Google Fiber will put Provo on the map. Dozens of cities across the United States have been competing for a chance at Google Fiber for the past two years. Governors, mayors, and residents realize what an economic boon this kind of connection offers and have competed ceaselessly for the offer (one city even temporarily named itself “Google”). The minute this news breaks, major news outlets everywhere will spread the news that Provo is one of only three places in the nation (so far) to have access to Google Fiber. It will put our name out there and give us more positive national attention than we’ve probably ever received.

2) Google Fiber will attract talented, high-income residents. One of Provo’s greatest economic struggles is that, although we have a low cost of living, we also have relatively low wages. Lower wages have meant less spending money, less sales tax, and less for us to spend on things like roads and parks. Access to Google Fiber will be a massive incentive for the technologically-inclined, higher-income professionals that are trying to choose a place to call home. As an example: new Adobe employees in Lehi often choose between living in Provo or moving out to Salt Lake since the commute is about equal. This announcement just made that decision a whole lot easier.

silicon slopes

3) Provo’s new fiber will attract tech businesses. Big time. Although Google Fiber is created as a residential service, it will be a huge incentive for business to start or re-locate here. Tech companies want happy nerds and nerds with a Google Fiber connection are the happiest of nerds. If anything can help realize the goals of the Silicon Slopes movement, it is letting a Utah community be one of the first ever to receive a Google Fiber connection.

4) Fiber could make downtown (even more of) a destination. Amazing things are happening downtown, but it could get even better. While we haven’t heard anything from Google regarding their plans for public service, they have announced generous free, wi-fi connections for multiple locations like schools, hospitals, and community centers in both Kansas and Austin. A wi-fi enabled downtown isn’t just a pipe dream, folks. If we can get Google Fiber to come to Provo, I think this one is in the realm of possibility. If we could connect the downtown corridor with free wi-fi, we could browse the internet while eating breakfast at Gurus or use an iPad to tweet about the latest in the Rooftop Concert Series.

5) Free internet will free up spending money. So, everyone in the city just saved around $40 – $70 a month (unless you’re going for one of the sweet package deals, of course). What happens with that money? Well, hopefully some of it gets spent in our unique downtown restaurants, our boutiques, the Riverwoods, the Farmer’s Market, etc. The more money that stays in the city, the more we’ll have to work with to improve our infrastructure, keep taxes low, and make Provo an even more amazing place to live.


6) Google Fiber will help us brand ourselves. Yes, Provo may be known as “happy valley.” But, it’s so much more. Google Fiber and the ways that we find to use it will help us brand ourselves without any marketing consultants needed. Let the world watch as we use this tool to show ourselves as the artists, scientists, writers, videographers, entrepreneurs, bloggers, and adventurers that we are.

7) Google Fiber will make Provo the best place for self-employed people in the West. If you’re running a business from home, Provo will be absolutely ideal. Combine our low cost of living with the fastest, most reliable home internet and you’ve got a recipe for self-made success.

8) Jobs? Google Fiber’s got the jobs. We don’t know the details, but major upgrades to the fiber system means that people are going to be needed to manage, oversee, and install. This is especially true if Google is planning on installing fiber to every house in the city.

startup community

9) Create an even more thriving start-up culture. In Kansas, people are already creating start-up communities that host entrepreneurs traveling from around the world with the goal of combining their ideas with the power of fiber. Provo is just getting going with some amazing business incubators. Add Google Fiber and it will be hard to keep startups from flocking to our city.

happy fiber users

10) Make the smart smarter. In a nutshell: fast internet is good for people. It has dozens of uses in education, science, medicine, and business. Google Fiber in Provo will have many uses for good that we haven’t even thought of. Sure, it will eliminate the buffering time on those YouTube puppy videos, but it will also help us create a community full of possibility and problem-solving. Ultimately, it will improve our economy. But, it will also improve our lives.

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Say Goodbye to Buffering

One of the questions that comes up when people hear about the super-fast internet speeds provided by the Google Fiber service is “What can I do with it that I couldn’t before?”. The first one is cloud-storage.

It wasn’t too long ago that storing your documents somewhere apart from your own computer wasn’t the best idea, mainly because your internet connection wasn’t nearly fast enough to push or pull video, entire photo albums, or music to and from the internet every day. Google Fiber (depending on the plan you get) comes with a ton of online storage, more than many laptops have and certainly much more than you get on your tablet or phone. More importantly, the speed is just as fast or faster than the average home network so sending a file to someone over the internet could be just as fast as the computer next to you. While cloud storage was certainly possible before, the dramatically improved internet speeds make it way more practical.

I’ve also been thinking about what that means for things like video calls and streaming. My existing internet connection from the last few years already has speeds fast enough for video conferencing. Google Fiber raises the standard: You could now have everyone in the house on different video calls without disrupting normal browsing or downloads. It has bandwidth to spare, instead of just enough to pull it off. Many websites won’t even be able to send as fast as you can receive, meaning it won’t slow your browsing down just because someone in the other room is watching youtube in HD. Perhaps more importantly, your youtube video shouldn’t have to get stuck buffering right in the middle.

So what else? It’s clear that this is going to be some seriously fast internet, but what are the benefits apart from just doing everything faster? The best part is that the next generation of technology is going to leverage faster speeds. My phone is already trying to automatically upload my pictures to my dropbox, facebook, or google plus account. When 1080p is old-school and everything is running in 4k (the next-generation of HD), you won’t have to upgrade your connection. The world already wants to use all the bandwidth you have, and getting Google Fiber should give you plenty of opportunity to let it.

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