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 (http://bit.ly/ZqMxDn ) 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, http://www.heraldextra.com