Fiber – Request for Information

South Weber City – FTTP – RFI

South Weber City has researched options related to potential additional options for high speed broadband for the community. A Request for Information (RFI) for Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) was published in June. Six companies responded to the city’s request, including: Comcast, Connext, EntryPoint, STRATA Networks, Syringa, and UTOPIA.

On August 6, the Municipal Utilities Committee members met to discuss the information and begin preparations for a full Council discussion. The information provided herein is a collaborative effort of the committee.

A general summary of the responses is provided in the table below. Additional information will be provided in a presentation during the meeting (blanks indicate no information provided):

Name

Ownership

Resident Monthly Cost

Resident Speed

Schedule

City Obligation

Project Cost

Comcast

Company

 

Up to 100 Gbps

 

No

 

Connext

City or Company

$35-$65

100Mbps-1Gpbs

2 years

Maybe

 

EntryPoint

City

$27-$55

Up to 1 Gbps

2 years

Yes

$6.6M

STRATA

City or Company

$65-$75

250Mbps-1Gpbs

3 years

Maybe

 

Syringa

City

$60.95-$155.95

100Mbps-10Gbps

1 year

Yes

$45M

UTOPIA

Company* (Intergovernmental entity)

$65-$200

250Mbps-10Gbps

2 years

Yes* (Unless 34.4% take rate)

$6.4M

On September 21, the City Council discussed the future of bringing fiber infrastructure to the residents of South Weber. There are a few different solutions that the Council considered in order to make this possible. The city could choose to install the fiber as a city utility, ensuring each home has access and each resident would be responsible for the utility fee associated with the service, a Utility Model. An alternative to this option would be to help facilitate the installation of the infrastructure, but rely only on the subscribers to the service to pay for the service, a Subscriber Model. After the discussion the City Council wants to pursue further the Subscriber Model as the option for the City.

 The next steps in the process will be a special Work Session of City Council, currently scheduled on October 5. In this meeting the City will invite companies who operate through a Subscriber model to present more information for the Council and the public. This will give the Council the opportunity to ask pertinent questions to make a more informed response. If you have questions you would like to ask these companies about how fiber will effect our community, you can submit your questions below.

 

Questions About Fiber

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