Yesterday was a big day for my friends down in Provo, Utah. They announced that Provo would be the 3rd city in the USA to have Google Fiber, the 100x faster Internet for an affordable price that Google is slowly rolling out around the country. Speeds like that include TV packages and an unimaginable media experience (think about downloading an entire HD movie in a few minutes). It will be a great thing for startups and businesses in the area to have access to. Here is a link to their page with some details about Google Fiber in Provo. Overall, I am incredibly excited and think it is a terrific deal for the area and the residents and businesses. I’m 100% for it and see no real downside. However, as is often the case, not everyone sees things the way I do. So I asked my friend Jesse Harris to do a guest post here about his take on it.
Jessie is someone I, and many others, consider to be an expert when it comes to Internet speeds, infrastructure and broadband news in the State of Utah. He’s been following broadband in Utah since 2006 at FreeUTOPIA.org and has been interviewed and cited in numerous media sources including the Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News, Provo Daily Herald, and Salt Lake City Weekly. Jesse is passionate and knowledgeable about the subject, so while I don’t totally agree with him, I still thank him for sharing his well stated opinion on the new Google Fiber announcement for Provo.
Read on to see what he thinks.