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Kaysville Fiber is infrastructure the city is considering extending to every home and business. This fiber infrastructure will be a public utility, such as water, trash collection or roads, which every resident needs and benefits from. The City will build, own and maintain the infrastructure, while private companies will provide free basic internet service to all households. Private providers will also offer a wide variety of internet services and packages for an additional fee.
Our fiber network will be an “open access network,” meaning internet services providers (like Comcast, or CenturyLink) will be able to use our fiber infrastructure to provide their own connected services.
Other City services will be made possible with the installation of this infrastructure, which are necessary for the City to operate more efficiently in today’s modern society and tomorrow’s future.
The City is still in the exploration phase of this process; the City Council has not approved any financial or infrastructure commitments. The City wants to hear how residents feel about the fiber proposal, which we’ve named Kaysville Fiber.
Just as electricity powers millions of innovations, fiber will be the base utility that will allow for future technological breakthroughs to occur. And with our fiber network, all of Kaysville will benefit. Fiber today is what electricity was to America in the early 20th century.
The proposed system is not just about the internet; it is about having a totally connected community that allows for the advancement of the “internet of things.” Further, it will provide opportunities for the expansion of our economic base.
If approved, the City would install fiber optic cables in existing rights-of-way to every house. This includes running lateral lines from the street to every home. Once each phase is complete and turned on, you will start getting basic guaranteed access to the internet at no cost to you. If you want additional services or faster speeds beyond basic service, you can contact a preferred internet service provider and subscribe to a more robust plan. Installation of the entire system is expected to take about three years. Construction will occur in phases, with sections being turned on as they are completed.
No. The City will only install the fiber infrastructure for use by private internet service providers. This will expand the number of ISP options residents have from one or two in some parts of town to ten or more. This will make things more competitive and residents will benefit.
The City will contract with a private company to provide the basic internet service for every home and business.
This will be your fiber network. You will get to decide how its managed and what services are provided now and in the future. In essence, all Kaysville residents will be shareholders in the network. Revenues will be reinvested into the network and thus the community. Far-off corporate CEOs will not benefit from your investment. Costs will be lower than other services. Kaysville Power, a similar utility, saves residents 13% over power costs in neighboring cities. It’s anticipated that we will see similar savings for Kaysville Fiber.
No. The proposed network will have financial efficiencies that may yield positive net revenues to the City, which would be used to pay off installation costs and ensure the system is well-maintained.
The City has engaged independent professional fiber optic technical experts that have been instrumental in supporting many of the nation’s most successful municipal fiber programs. These firms are working independently and cross-checking each other’s work to ensure the system will be reliable and sustainable.
Yes. The City has exhausted all available options, including doing nothing, facilitating private ownership, exploring public-private partnerships, and considering various other network deployment options. The present proposal was identified as not only a viable path forward, but a compelling way for both residents and City operations to benefit.
Construction of the network will be accomplished by private contractors engaged by the City through a competitive RFP process.
Yes. The proposed fiber optic network complies with all Municipal and State statutes.
The City will hire a private firm through a competitive procurement process to operate and maintain the network. This team will have the expertise and core competencies to run a carrier class network in a financially efficient manner.
There are many examples of successful fiber optic deployments by cities. The utility model is the next step in the evolution of successful municipal networks.
There are many examples of successful municipal fiber optic networks. We are no longer in the pioneering days of fiber optic deployment. The proposed utility model is based on industry best practices and has been thoroughly assessed to ensure it is the best model for Kaysville. This will ensure that the network will implement all lessons from the past. In addition, the proposed utility model is similar to the existing method we use to run our streets, storm drainage, water and power systems.
Ammon, ID; Powell, WY; Chattanooga, TN; Cleveland, OH; and Sandy, OR; are just a few.
No, the City believes the deployment of the fiber optic system will provide opportunities for residents, while assisting with many of the City’s crucial functions, such as encouraging economic development, parks and recreation, and facilitating water and power metering. Additionally, the utility model will be self-funded and will not affect funding for other city operations.
In many parts of Kaysville, residents have access to just one or two internet service providers. By laying the fiber network ourselves and allowing any ISP to use it, Kaysville City creates an open access network that gives every resident or business access to every ISP wanting to provide service. More ISPs means more competition, which should lead to more competitive prices or internet speeds.
Additionally, the City expects many ISPs will find value using newer lines that they don’t have to manage and will want to make the switch eventually, even if they already have lines in place.
Construction of the Kaysville Fiber system is estimated to cost $26 million. This includes end-to-end construction, construction management, testing, and assuring the network operates as designed.
Because this would be a utility, residents would start seeing a fiber fee in their monthly City utility bill as soon as the infrastructure is complete, and service is available. The monthly fee estimate right now is $12.43 per household. The monthly business fee is $21.50. Only Businesses with a brick and mortar location will pay the business fee.
In addition to revenue from user fees, the City plans to earn revenue by leasing use of the fiber network to other entities.
The numbers in our financial model are very conservative. The proposed fee structure will cover the costs of construction, refreshing network hardware, and ongoing operational and maintenance requirements to run the network for the foreseeable future.
Since the advent of the internet, price elasticity has remained steady or grown as cost and bandwidth consumption grows exponentially. Historically, even when prices have remained substantially the same, significantly more bandwidth has been provided.
The fiber utility fee will guarantee every home or business a basic level of internet service – enough speed for checking email or web-browsing. All residents and businesses will also have the option to pay for faster speeds through their internet service provider, just as they do now.
We are working to make sure the utility fee is as low as possible and affordable for most residents. The City will allow residents to apply for a hardship credit based on specific criteria.
The fiber utility fee will apply to all households and businesses. However, we are seeing incumbent service providers drop their prices up to $15 a month, simply because the City is exploring the fiber option. Reduced rates are expected to be a significant benefit that residents and businesses will find attractive.
Fiber optics were first installed in the late 1970s and have proven to be durable and expandable. Today’s fiber optics can accommodate the entire wireless spectrum more than 1,000 times over and fiber’s total capacity is not yet known. Whether it’s 4G, 5G, 16G or any other technology, fiber is the backbone infrastructure required for them all. Fiber today is what electricity was at the turn of the 20th century; it is the foundation that enables and encourages innovation. Fiber infrastructure will set up Kaysville beautifully to incorporate new technologies, like 5G, as they come online. Additionally, the City is in this for the long haul; we don’t intend to walk away. The City will maintain the system to ensure it remains up-to-date.
Fiber has become critical baseline infrastructure required for success in the 21st century. Just as electricity revolutionized Kaysville in 1908 when the City purchased the existing power network from a failing private enterprise and started delivering service, fiber is now essential for a connected economy and community. In 1908, Kaysville’s only focus was to keep the lights on for residents; City leaders at the time had no idea how electricity would be used 100 years later. As we all know, electric power is now an indispensable commodity integral to the success of our entire community. The success of Kaysville residents and businesses relies on great connectivity to the world and emerging markets.
Most consumers do not require a gigabit connection today, although bandwidth usage trends from the beginning of the Internet in the 1980s to today strongly indicates that every home will require a gigabit connection by the year 2030, just 11 years from now. Fast and expansive networks require fiber optics and fiber optic deployments will enable quality of life opportunities, economic development, healthcare advancements, and improved educational opportunities.
With fiber to every home, the Kaysville Fiber system will allow for a gigabit of speed in every home. The speed you actually receive will be based upon the level of service you sign up for and what your own internal hardware will accommodate.
In our Citywide survey on this issue, more than 82% of residents said they want the City to help bring better quality and faster Internet speeds to Kaysville. That response strongly indicates that current needs are not being meet
Different groups of people will benefit in different ways. For example:
The proposed fiber optic network and associated business model will enable every household and business to benefit financially from enhanced competition and lower costs. In addition, residents will experience quality-of-life advancements in education, healthcare and City services. The network will also promote many economic advancements.
Yes, in some cases, although disruptions will be minor and short in duration. The entire fiber installation will take less than three years and will be coordinated with other road and utility construction, if required. The City will install fiber along power rights-of-way, some of which are buried, while others are on above-ground power poles.
Because fiber is essential for every home, the City is eager to install it sooner rather than later to avoid higher costs and more road cuts in the future. Additionally, putting in a system that most ISPs can use will eliminate these same ISPs from cutting into the roads for their own infrastructure.
The construction and deployment of the fiber optic network does not require voter approval. Just like any other essential City service, such as roads, bridges and parks, the City Council will assess the situation, listen to public feedback and then make a decision as Kaysville’s elected representatives.
The great thing about the network is that, if you prefer, you can stick with your current contract. As with all residents and businesses, users of other services will still benefit because the competitive nature of the network will induce better pricing from all providers.
Yes, the City will contract with an installer to extend fiber to all households.
To install the system, a City contractor will need to run network lines into your house, which require your permission. If you do not want the line extended to your house, the line ill run from the road to the edge of, but not onto, your property. You will still be obligated to pay the utility fee, even if you choose not to take advantage of the utility.
To opt back in, a line will be extended to your house and you will be charged a connection fee.
HOA rules and contracts differ from place to place, meaning that fiber installation and service must be determined on a case-by-case basis. Simply put, there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to HOA.