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NewsPoster Apr 24, 2013 06:27 PM
Provo, Utah city council unanimously approves Google Fiber offer
The seven-member Provo Municipal Council approved <a href="http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/04/17/google.would.modernize.existing.deployment.fulfill .original.iprovo.goal/">Google's offer</a> to buy the iProvo fiberoptic network. The unanimous vote makes Provo the third area to adopt the search engine as an internet provider. While Google has to pay the area $1 for the right to use the extant fiber, the locality has a number of additional expenses related to the network that it must still pay, not previously announced.<br /><br />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 and police services. <br />
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Additionally, Google has required that Provo precisely map the fiber lays, which will cost an additional $500,000. Provo has the option to spend $500,000 for an insurance policy to cover legal damages should the network not be presented to Google as planned.<br />
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Google will own the network outright, and will be responsible for modernizing and maintaining the decade-old hardware. The search engine is also required to provide free gigabit service to 25 public schools, recreation centers, and other public services.
 
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