Herriman City is exploring providing a citywide fiber-optic broadband network to allow high-speed internet access to all locations. The City Council feels that quality, high-speed internet access is vital to serve the community’s needs for coming years and decades. The project is in a pre-design phase while the scope, financial models, and a high-level design are being drafted. This webpage will be updated as the project evolves.
The City is working with Strata Networks in the pre-design phase on the project’s scope, financial models, and a high-level system design. The scope will be presented to the City Council in August 2023, while the business/financial model and initial design will be presented later in the year, in November. The City Council will then consider whether to move forward with the full project.
The City formed a Broadband Task Force in 2021 to explore any possible options to provide high-speed internet access to the entire city. Since then, the task force has presented information to the City Council, which is now directing the City to take steps toward the fiber-optic network project. See the Timeline section below for more details.
While it is true that a privately owned and operated fiber network (such as Google Fiber) would eliminate up-front costs by the City, subscribers to any private company cover both the costs of the company’s own installed network and the costs of providing internet access. A City-owned network’s monthly user fees would do the same, but would come with other advantages as well, including ensuring 100% of homes and businesses have access, allowing multiple companies to compete for customers, and improving City services.
Financial models are still being formed for a citywide network. But the City believes paying for one citywide network and opening access for multiple internet provider companies will result in a monthly user cost that is competitive with current market prices.
Financial models are still being formed for a citywide network, but the City does not intend to move forward on the project if the users’ monthly fee is not competitive with current market prices.
Right now, Herriman City and Strata Networks are working on a scope, high-level design, and business and financial models. Those items will be presented to the City Council between August and the end of 2023. If the City moves forward with the project, construction would likely begin by late 2024 and be completed within a few years.
The exact business model is still being formulated, and the exact financial method will depend on what the City Council chooses. The infrastructure cost is expected to be between 30 to 50 million dollars. Payment will likely include a bond that is paid back by monthly service fees and private internet service provider company buy-in fees.
Monthly service fee options may include a subscription cost for homeowners and businesses who use the network and/or a utility fee charged to all homeowners and businesses.
No. Herriman City is hiring Strata Networks to design (and likely build) the network, but the City will own the system. The City will then allow internet service provider companies who meet qualifications to use the network and compete to provide internet service to residents. So, even though one company is building the network and Herriman City owns it, it is still a free market for residents to choose the best option for them.
Broadband Task Force formed, consisting of two City Councilmembers, five City staff members, and an industry professional. Assigned to explore options of bringing high-speed internet via a fiber-optic broadband network to all of Herriman.
Herriman City surveys residents and businesses to statistically measure the community’s internet needs and its interest in a city-owned network that can serve each home and business.
Invitation to Negotiate published; multiple companies submit bids for a fiber-optic network. After reviewing bids, Broadband Task Force recommends Strata Networks.
City Council directs staff to work with Strata Networks to prepare a scope, schedule, and fee for preliminary design work.
City Council approves Statement of Work and Master Services Agreement contracts with Strata Networks. Strata Networks begins creating full project scope, business and financial models, and a high-level project design.
Scope report presented to the City Council.
High-level design and financial analysis complete, presented to the City Council.
City Council decides whether to move forward with the full plan.
If the Council votes to approve the project, financial structure setup, final design, construction plans, begin construction.
24-36 months estimated until full completion once construction begins.