Google Inc. (GOOG) said it will bring its Google Fiber broadband Internet service to Provo, Utah, the third U.S. city slated for the program, as the company steps up plans to expand speedy online access to consumers.
The Mountain View, California-based company has signed an agreement to purchase iProvo, an existing fiber-optic network owned by the city, Kevin Lo, general manager at Google Fiber, said in a blog post today. Google, whose plan needs approval by the city council at a vote scheduled for next week, aims to upgrade and finish construction of the network, which will deliver speeds of 1 gigabit per second.
The owner of the world’s most popular search engine is pushing out high-speed broadband services that could attract more users to its own online features where it makes money from advertising. In choosing Provo, Google touted the city’s business-friendly environment and its technology companies, include family-research site Ancestry.com Inc.
“We believe the future of the Internet will be built on gigabit speeds, and we’re sure the businesses and residents of Provo already have some good ideas for what they’d build with a gig,” Lo said in the blog.
The city of Provo began construction on the municipal network in 2004, Google said. In 2011, the city started looking for a partner that could acquire the system and provide “affordable service” to residents, the company said.
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