Google Fiber announces 1 Gbps pricing plans for Provo market

Google Fiber (Nasdaq: GOOG) has unveiled the pricing schemes for the Internet plans it will offer over its 1 Gbps-capable network in Provo, Utah.

"We're working to upgrade the existing fiber network in Provo to be Gigabit-ready," said Michael Slinger, director of business operations for Google Fiber, in a blog post.

Existing residents and building owners that want to get onto Google Fiber's network will have to pay a one-time $30 construction fee. Once the fee is paid, the service provider will offer a free 5/1 Mbps service tier for seven years.

It will also offer two 1 Gbps service packages. A standalone 1 Gbps data connection will cost $70 a month, while a 1 Gbps Internet and TV bundle will be priced at $120 a month. The data and video bundle includes what Google said are "hundreds of HD channels," the ability to record up to eight shows at once and store up to 500 hours of HD content on a Storage Box.

Slinger said that current Veracity customers will continue to get the same service they get today with the option to become a Google Fiber customer later this year.

Google's entrance into Provo continues to get the attention of its main rivals CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) and Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA).

While CenturyLink has protested Google's move into Provo via its acquisition of the struggling iProvo network, Comcast is fighting back. The cable MSO, according to a FierceCable report, will offer Provo residents a $120 monthly bundle of video, voice and 105 Mbps Internet service.

For more:
- see Google Fiber's blog post

Related articles:
Report: Google Fiber threat prompts Comcast to slash prices in Provo
Google closes deal to acquire iProvo
Google's iProvo purchase draws fire from Utah-based XMission
Google Fiber goes to Provo on the cheap
Google Fiber to buy iProvo network, upgrade Utah city to 1 Gbps

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