(And Who Am I to Write About It?)
American Fork, Utah, is considering establishing fiber optic service to every residence and business in the city as a public utility, as permitted by Utah Code 10-8-14. Here we’ll discuss the proposal itself, and I’ll tell you how I learned enough to write about it. (Teaser: I got a head start.) Later posts will address specific issues in more detail and attempt to answer related questions.
This proposal will not be a measure on the November ballot, though candidates may make it an issue in the 2019 municipal election. The city council will hold a preliminary vote, probably in mid-August, to put some things in place for a final city council vote in mid-November.
The August vote will not be whether to build the system or not. The November vote is the big one.
In the meantime, several public information meetings will be held — one already has been — to explain the proposal and answer questions (of which more soon).
The Fiber Proposal
Under the proposal, each residence in the city will pay a monthly fee as part of its utility bill. No additional fee will be required for basic service. The numbers in discussions I’ve attended have ranged from about $9.00 per month to about $12.00 per month for each residence. Flyers at the first public information meeting said $9.95 per month, but that’s still tentative.
Each business will also have a monthly fee, again on the City utility bill. The same flyers at the same meeting projected that at $19.95.
The current plan involves no installation or setup fee.Continue reading