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Startup Festival and Startup Culture Taking Root in Modern Provo, Home to BYU and Google Fiber

Broadband's Impact, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, The Innovation Economy August 31st, 2015

Editor’s Note: This past week, Drew Clark’s column in the Deseret News of Salt Lake City, Utah, was on the “The zeitgeist of modern Provo: Jobs and a good quality of life.” Click here for links to all of his Deseret News columns.

PROVO — What do you get when you cross a thriving technology and startup community with what Gallup called “the best place to live in America“?

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That’s the zeitgeist here in Utah County. It’ll be celebrated with a new technology, business and cultural event here, dubbed Startfest, beginning on Monday, Aug. 31.

And because of the still-coalescing cultural power of information and communications technologies, Utah as a whole is sending a message to the world: Citizens of a particular city or region are no longer necessarily forced to choose between quality of life and economic opportunity.

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Drew Clark: ‘Provo Accelerated’ Kicks Off as Mayor and Citizens Ask What Google Fiber Can Do for City

Broadband and Democratization, Broadband's Impact, Fiber, Gigabit Networks October 30th, 2014

PROVO, Utah, October 30, 2014 – The conversation was all about Google Fiber, but it was the city mayor, officers and citizens who took center stage at the Provo Recreation Center here on Tuesday night.

At the public kick-off of “Provo Accelerated,” a civic effort to tap into the power of Gigabit Networks, the talk wasn’t about Gigabit speeds. Mayor John Curtis and the citizens didn’t dwell on the fact that a Gigabit per second equals or 1,000 Megabits per second, roughly 100 times faster than a conventional “high-speed” broadband hookup.

Provo Mayor John Curtis at launch of "Provo Accelerated" on October 28, 2014

Provo Mayor John Curtis at launch of “Provo Accelerated” on October 28, 2014

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