All other property owners in the City should still show their interest in receiving fiber at their properties by signing up. These online sign ups will be used by the City to determine where to install next year (2017).
We can't install fiber for free, so we use tools like this website to determine where there is demand. In addition, since we do not intend to require anyone to accept fiber at their property if they don't want it, we need to understand how many property owners on your street or in your neighborhood would take it if it were available. This is a critical step in the planning process because this 'adoption rate' will directly affect where the City installs residential fiber and final costs to those residents.
So if your are a resident wanting access to City fiber, please consider this to be your website. It is a tool we can all use to see where there is demand and who wants fiber. We have will even provide you with the option of becoming the neighborhood 'Fiber Champion' if you want to become your neighborhood's point of contact as we work through this process.
Our first goal is to find an area of around 300 homes where there is a high enough 'take rate' that we can finalize costs and present an workable path forward. This online sign-up represents the first step in that process.
If you still have questions, take a look at the information contained here, or feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our offices at 208-612-4000. Sign up results are updated nightly at this map link. We invite anyone interested to follow our progress as we work together to establish and build an open municipal fiber optic infrastructure utility capable of serving every address in Ammon!
BOTTOM LINE: Signing up today costs nothing. It simply expresses your interest in fiber service and makes you part of the discussion.
Fiber offers far more bandwidth, reliability, flexibility, security and longer economic life than alternative technologies such as copper, coax or wireless. Fiber can also be less expensive to build and operate. Do your own research. You'll be amazed by what can be done with a single fiber. Or you can read more by downloading the Broadband Communities 'Fiber Primer'.
However, the installation of fiber optic does not in itself guarantee success. At least equally important is the network architecture and design, as well as the economic model used to support the infrastructure.
This is why the Ammon fiber optic system is planned to be an 'Open Access Infrastructure Utility'.
What does that mean?
'Open Access' means that the City will provide the fiber optic connectivity needed for you to have access to multiple services and providers. This will provide for both choice and competitive pricing. You can read more about 'open access networks' here. The municipally owned UTOPIA network is an example of an open access operator. You can see an example of their providers and offerings by visiting their residential services page.
Infrastructure utility means that the City will provide and charge for the infrastructure, NOT BANDWIDTH. The Ammon fiber system's bandwidth standard is 1 Gigabit Ethernet or 1 GbE. Treating the system as an public infrastructure utility means that subscribers will pay a flat monthly rate for that 1GbE connectivity to the provider marketspace where they can then choose whatever speeds and services they desire from the options available. This method separates all of the costs, including; the cost of installation, maintenance, and service. While this might seem to be a disadvantage, much like paying for Netflix on top of your Internet costs once did, in the long run it will provide for true choice and transparency. Things like contracts, throttling or metering will become things of the past. Participants will be able to see and understand what each piece is actually costing them and who they are paying. We believe that this is something subscribers will appreciate as long as the total combined cost for the end services remain competitive.
This operational model will unlock the full fiber potential by allowing you, the end user to provision your own services across the infrastructure through the use of a simple and intuitive toolset. In other words, we are giving you both ownership and control to do what you want to do.
BOTTOM LINE: Ammon fiber is the last time you will ever need to 'rewire' your property!
The City would like to have a project finalized and ready to go by spring. This would mean that those opting into this phase could begin receiving service as soon as next summer.
However, whether or not this is possible depends on a number of factors, some of which rest on you as the local property owner. Ultimately, how quickly and where the installation begins will be determined by the sign ups we receive.
BOTTOM LINE: If you want to see municipal fiber service to your property in Ammon sign up today.