Provo Accelerated

Provo Accelerated

When we announced 18 months ago that Google Fiber was coming to Provo, we only began to imagine the possibilities of living in a city where virtually every home, business, and school was connected to the Internet and where everyone had access to the highest broadband speeds in the nation. Many in Provo wondered what that high speed and universal access could mean for education, health care, families and business. Well, now that Google is moving forward and other Internet providers have increased speed and lowered prices, we are now underway with an effort to figure out how to use this great asset to its maximum advantage.

Provo Accelerated is a community-based visioning and planning effort to jump start our Vision 2030 efforts with technology. The steering committee has assembled five working groups which are meeting currently to articulate a vision and some key objectives in five areas: health care, education, the social sector and digital inclusion, families and community, and entrepreneurship. Each group has between five and fifteen members, along with a mentor from Google and a facilitator from Ascent Advisor in Provo, working on envisioning the near term future in their respective areas.

Community Forum

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Provo Accelerated will host a Community Forum to share the results of the work so far, to engage the broader community on these topics, and to solicit volunteers to work on achieving the objectives outlined. The forum will be at the Provo Recreation Center from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending the Community Forum, please RSVP here » 

To learn more about the effort, visit the Provo Accelerated blog at www.provoaccelerated.com or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ProvoAccelerated. They have also created an online forum where residents can weigh in on the concepts being advanced and share their vision for Provo as it relates to our strategic technology advantages.

So join in, get involved and help make Provo an even better community, given our amazing access to the Internet and all that means for our city.

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  1. Neil

    I have the 1g service but the speeds quoted are not what we get in real life. Wireless is quoted at 300mbits but when I could not get these speeds their tech support said that 130 to 150 Mbits is the best we can expect. A good speed but not what is being sold.

    1. John

      Neil – I’m not sure of the details of your situation but I’d encourage you to head down to the Google space in Downtown and ask about it.

      -John

      1. Neil

        That is what I did and the senior tech was the person who told me.

  2. Chris

    Wireless is never guaranteed- if you have neighbors with WiFi or cordless phones, they’re all using the same frequencies- the noisier the room gets, the harder it is to hear and the slower things get.

    1. Neil

      There are 11 different channels around the 24Gh band and the Google router will automatically select the best one

  3. Truman

    Neil, you can see on the Google Fiber “Plans & Pricing” site at https://fiber.google.com/cities/provo/plans/, that the listed plans do indicate that the speeds are “up to 1 Gigabit (1,000 Mbps) upload and download speeds” and do not state “Guaranteed 1Gigabit…” etc. This is the same with all ISPs as far as I am aware when referring to connection speeds.

    Also, running on a wireless connection is definitely going to be a contributing factor. Due to the nature of wireless connectivity, there will always be interference from things like cordless phones, microwaves, garage door openers, baby monitors, etc. Running over a wired (Ethernet) connection is the best way to get the most out of your connection’s bandwidth. I can tell you that right now I am sitting about 3 feet from my Google Fiber network box running on a wireless connection. My current speed readings according to Speedtest.GoogleFiber.net are: 125.58Mbps download and 109.49Mbps upload. When I switch to using a wired connection however, my speeds jump to 854.88Mbps download and 929.57Mbps upload. Your computer can also be a factor, if your computer’s wireless card is only rated for a certain speed, it will “cap out” of sorts at it’s capacity. Anyway, I hope this helps to answer your question.

  4. Ana

    Another factor is the router being used. Is it a gigabit router? Is there more than one router in use? if yes, were the bridged properly?

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