Last week, Kansas City got some company with the announcement that Google Fiber is expanding to Austin, Texas. This week, Provo, Utah is joining the Fiber crowd.
Google announced today in a post on its Fiber Blog that Provo will be the third city to get Google Fiber. The fiber-optic network offers a 1-gigabit Internet connection, which is about 100 times faster than standard broadband.
The deal with Provo isn’t approved just yet, Google said in its blog post. But if the Fiber proposal passes a vote by the City Council scheduled for April 23, the Mountain View, Calif.-based Internet giant plans to start work in Provo “as soon as the closing conditions are satisfied and the deal is closed.”
Google plans to purchase iProvo, an existing fiber-optic network owned by the city. The company plans to upgrade and finish the build-out of that network.
In an email this afternoon, Google spokeswoman Jenna Wandres said the addition of a third city to the Google Fiber mix shouldn’t affect Fiber’s first two destinations. “Our work in Provo will not impact our construction schedule in Kansas City,” Wandres said, “or our engineering work in Austin.”
Kansas City was the first place in the country to get Google’s Internet service, chosen in March 2011 from more than 1,100 cities nationwide. The company flipped the switch on Fiber in its first Kansas City neighborhoods last fall. Google Fiber’s website lists the connection status of 11 Kansas City neighborhoods — seven in Kansas, four in Missouri — as “in progress.” About 170 other Kansas City neighborhoods are still awaiting connection.