High Speed Broadband Fiber

The City of Eugene, EWEB, and the Lane Council of Governments have partnered to construct a municipally owned fiber network in downtown Eugene. The fiber network will be owned by EWEB, and private Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will lease the fiber strands and provide service to individual businesses within the service area. Any qualified ISP will be able to lease the fiber—it is an open-access network. Construction on the network is expected to begin before the end of 2016. Service through this network may be available in 2017 depending on funding and ISP provider interest.

The three agencies have been working together to test the engineering and financial viability of the network and have brought fiber to a handful of buildings in the downtown in a pilot project. 
 
Customers that are in the service area will be able to purchase high-speed internet service for much less than what service providers offer today. For example, firms in the Broadway Commerce Center saw the price of monthly service decline from about $250 for 150-megabit service, to $99 for 1,000-megabit service. More information about the timeline for service availability timeline will be provided as it is confirmed.

The three agencies are working to finalize administrative details to begin construction and identify funding sources. To date, we have secured funding for about half of the project, using Eugene Urban Renewal funds. We are applying for grant funds from the US Economic Development Administration. We will also ask property owners for a connection fee, but we are working out an appropriate amount to charge for the connection

The map shows the planned service area—where the network will be constructed—and the boundaries of the two Urban Renewal districts that can be used to fund construction. 
  
While this high-speed fiber network is not currently available, construction is expected to begin later in 2016. Work is expected to begin in the southeast portion of the service area, south of Broadway and east of Willamette. Phased construction will then move forward in the southwest portion, and then move north of Broadway. The full construction timeline will depend on funding availability.

If you are interested in learning more about the project, or receiving updates on the project as they are available, please contact Anne Fifield at the City of Eugene: anne.e.fifield@ci.eugene.or.us; 541-682-5451.
What is Fiber?
The latest advancement in Internet technology, fiber provides super-fast internet connection speeds. Its name comes from the use of glass cables, which allow for faster data transfer compared to the standard copper wires used in traditional connections.Fiber
 
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