Google picks Provo, Utah as fourth city

In March of 2010, Topeka changed their name to Google, Kan., to try and get Google to choose the capital city. On April 1, 2010, Google returned the favor by changing the display on their website to TOPEKA.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Provo city council has voted unanimously to approve the sale of their decade-old fiber optic network to Google.

Tuesday night’s approval makes Provo the fourth city selected for the Google Fiber high-speed Internet and television service. The first three were Kansas City, Kan., Kansas City, Mo. and Austin, Texas.

Google Inc. will pay $1 for a system that cost $39 million to build.

Provo residents will get basic Internet service at no charge if they pay a $30 hookup fee.

The Daily Herald of Provo reports ( ) Provo mayor John Curtis says the city must pay $1.7 million to get the city ready for the handover.

That includes $500,000 to pay a company to locate existing fiber optic cables. Curtis says the money will come from existing funds and at no expense to taxpayers.


Information from: The Daily Herald,

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