40 under 40: Devin Baer

Google Fiber, Provo AGE 31 BORN Portland, Ore. TITLE Head of business operations We’re sold on Devin Baer. After leading the sales team at OrangeSoda.com, he joined Google and oversaw SMB sales for Google Offers at the company headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. He then moved to our town to lead Google Fiber’s business operations […]

The Q Awards: Naming Utah Valley’s top movers and makers in 2016

Q the applause: Utah Valley BusinessQ presents our 2016 movers and makers. Our second annual Q Awards highlight the best of the biz — including Omniture co-founder John Pestana, who is on a magazine cover for the first time in his lucrative career. You’ll also go inside the Google Fiber offices and find out the most unique fact […]

The Q Awards: Google Fiber named 2016 Company of the Year

We’re feeling lucky. It’s been two years since Google Fiber officially launched in Provo — bringing with it careers, clout and the cloud of all clouds. And it all started with a phone call. As the local legend goes, Provo Mayor John Curtis essentially “cold called” Google to see if they’d like to purchase iProvo, […]

Group aims to get women into tech with free classes in Provo

Wanted: Women who want to learn software development and to build web and mobile applications — for (mostly) free. Lyza Nau has started a chapter of Girl Develop It in Provo, and any woman in the area is welcome to join. “Girl Develop It is a nonprofit basically there to help provide affordable, non-judgment classes […]

Neon Trees headlining final concert in 2014 Rooftop Concert Series

“Here we go again” — Neon Trees is returning to Provo for the final concert in the 5th Year Anniversary of the Rooftop Concert Series. Neon Trees, who performed at the Rooftop Concert Series before claiming their fame, has secretly been working with Google Fiber to be part of this free event. “I think the fact […]

Provo sets sight on Guinness world record for scavenger hunt

On Saturday afternoon, downtown Provo will be crawling with teams of people searching for clues and completing tasks in what organizers hope is the world’s largest scavenger hunt. The goal of the hunt is two-fold, said Kaneischa Johnson of Downtown Provo Inc., a sponsor: To break the world record and help people experience downtown Provo. […]

Orem council: No to MacQuarie UTOPIA deal

Orem’s city council on Thursday night voted 6–1 against moving forward with a partnership with Australian company MacQuarie Capital over the city’s fiber-optic network, UTOPIA, that would have added $18 to $20 to everyone’s utility fees per month — no matter if they used the service — but would have meant build-out of the network […]

Google Fiber solves Provo’s Epic Fail

When newly elected Provo Mayor John Curtis took office in January 2010, one of his biggest challenges — what others have described as a “millstone around the neck of Provo” — was what to do with the iProvo network costing the city a bundle. Three years later, Mayor Curtis alleviated the fiscal failure facing the […]

Provo mayor set to make another ‘epic’ announcement

PROVO — One year after Provo Mayor John Curtis announced Google Fiber was coming to Provo, Curtis is set to make another significant announcement. Curtis posted on his blog Monday that, in lieu of people inevitably asking him what the announcement will be, he will offer a hint if Provo residents do their part in […]

Epic Tech: Provo mayor keeps residents updated with his blog

In May 2009 when the race to replace 12-year mayor Lewis Billings was heating up, John Curtis had an out-of-the-ballot-box idea. He would start a blog so residents could get to know him. “I’ve felt all along that if someone doesn’t like me or if they disagree with me, it is OK, as long as […]

Google Fiber vs. broadband: A Halloween twist

Provo City is at it again with another humorous video about the differences between Google Fiber and broadband, this time with a Halloween twist. Provo Mayor John Curtis shared on his blog that Oct. 31st is the last day for current Veracity Network customers to sign up for Google Fiber, as they will be the […]

Google Fiber vs. broadband: A symbolic video representation

PROVO — Provo City published a humorous video on their YouTube channel Monday to help inform residents on the difference between Google Fiber and broadband. Provo Mayor John Curtis posted on his blog, “Watch the fun video above to find out more about Fiber in Provo! It was made by locals excited for what we’ll be able […]