Google Fiber today announced they were opening up registration for their speedy 1 Gbps service in Provo, Utah. Pricing for services will be the same as previous launches ($70 for symmetrical 1 Gbps, $120 for 1 Gbps with TV, and 5 Mbps service for free for 7 years) with one exception: because of the pre-existing Veracity infrastructure there, the install fee for the free tier is just $30.
A Google Fiber blog post notes that sign ups will mirror previous launches by staging deployments into "fiberhoods," and directs users to sign up for service here.
"We can’t install fiber to everyone in Provo all at once, so we’re going to work in waves, starting with the North Park area next month and finishing in the Foothills area hopefully by the end of this year," notes Google.
As noted previously, Google Fiber gave first dibs to Provo users who were already connected to the existing Veracity FTTH infrastructure there, given the legwork and expense of getting those users online was minimal.
See the thing here is that Google is a company that handles things publicly, to see them as a evil corporation because of privacy reasons alone is stupid. The moment you step foot onto the internet, you've lost your privacy. Even with secure methods, you are wasting efforts to delay the inevitable... Its only a matter of time before that friend of yours, that neighbor, that dude who took a picture with you in the background, will upload or post something and it starts to create a a profile, no matter how small, will expose you to the internet. Heck visiting sites exposes your ip... Behind a VPN or Proxy? It exposes that proxy. Basically there isn't any perfect realm where your privacy is kept. Perfectly.
Over the past 7 years I've paid Verizon close to $5,000 in monthly fees for FiOS. That more than covers any expenditures they've made in order to provide service to my house. Not only will they never eliminate or even reduce their monthly fee, it's only going to go up--even while my speeds have remained the same (for speed tests, that is) and actual service has deteriorated (due their claimed "peering issues" [translation: BS]). Fair pricing is something Verizon and almost every other ISP has no concept of. (Yes, I think I will take my money somewhere else.)
2014-Jan-23 2:37 pm: ·
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So it sucks being a renter. When I had rental properties at had several tennats stay for more then 7 years because I took good care of the properties and keeped rent INCREASES as reasonable as I could, but over that time they each paid more in rent than I paid for those properties. Of course I paid for the new roof and the property tax and the new carpet and plumbing and new driveway and still had those bills when they left.
eventually the risks of ownership eventually exceeded the return I was receiving so I choose to sell while it still was in the black. yes I made 10-15% a year in return for the hundreds of hours per year and 100s of $1000s I had invested. I didn't feel bad about it and neither did the tennats as neither WANTED to be a home owner even if they had the money.
I'm using Charter 30/3 $30 per month + $30 setup fee. Now if I live in Provo, I will gladly switch to Google Fiber for $30, and I save $30-45 a month, it will probably take some time to get used to the speed downgrade, but again $30 a month saving, I think it's a deal.