Google wants to upgrade iProvo

Dan Hanks danhanks at gmail.com
Mon Feb 22 18:13:04 MST 2010


On Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 11:59 AM, Doran L. "Fozz" Barton
<fozz at iodynamics.com> wrote:
> On Wednesday 10 February 2010, Bart Whiteley proclaimed:
>> Google is interested in deploying fiber-to-the-home broadband with 1
>> gigabit per second speeds to selected communities in order to
>> experiment with next-generation broadband applications and deployment
>> techniques. [1]
>>
>> They have put out a request for information (RFI) [2] to identify
>> interested communities.  Since Provo already has the fiber build-out
>> (more or less) complete, I wonder if Provo would be a compelling
>> candidate for Google to consider.  Perhaps they could partner with
>> Veracity (the current stewards of iProvo).
>
> You mean Broadweave.
>
>> Google is requesting information from both local governments, as well
>> as community groups.  [3]  I think PLUG, as a community group, should
>> respond to the RFI.
>
> iProvo is already under the management of a private entity. I'm not personally
> aware of their finances, coverage, service profiles or anything like that.
>
> However, UTOPIA is in a mess. If Google is looking to see how their immense
> pockets could help an existing project and explore Fiber To The Premise at the
> same time, getting involved with UTOPIA is definitely the way to go. UTOPIA's
> scope is much larger than iProvo, for one thing. The goal was to provide FTTP
> to businesses and homes from Cedar City to Tremonton.
>

Looks like UTOPIA has made its interest in Google's offer known:
http://www.freeutopia.org/2010/02/17/utopia-announces-that-they-will-pursue-google-fiber-rfi/



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