Google Fiber begins lighting up customers in Provo

Google Fiber (Nasdaq: GOOG), according to a Twitter post, is installing its fiber-based Internet and video service in Provo, Utah.

Under the terms of the agreement it made with the city, the Internet search giant agreed to buy the struggling iProvo fiber network and update the existing network to deliver 1 Gbps speeds to residential customers for $70 a month.

Residents also have the option to get a free 5 Mbps service if they are willing to pay a one-time $30 activation fee. The service provider said eligible customers will be able to get the service for up to 7 years.

Customers in the Kansas City market have to shell out a $300 activation fee.

In addition, Google will provide the Gbps service for free to 25 "local public institutions" such as schools, hospitals and libraries.

The service provider said in August that it would have its first customers connected to the network before the end of the year.

For more:
- The Verge has this article

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