According to a tweet from the official Google Fiber account
, installations of the Gigabit Internet service have commenced in Provo, Utah. Google's deal with the city allowed the search engine to purchase an existing city-wide fiber-optic network for one dollar,
with the proviso that it maintain and upgrade the nearly decade-old network.
Users can opt for free 5Mbps download with 1Mbps upload for seven years, or Gigabit Internet at 1Gbps download and upload for $70 per month, or be provided with television over fiber for $50 per month over the Gigabit tier and up depending on channel package selected. Each plan will require a one-time $30 buildout fee. The previous "free" tier in Kansas City required a one-time fee of $300, but Kansas City was a new fiber buildout, not the improvement of an older one.
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, police services, and educational institution Internet access.