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Fiber-Optic Internet

Fiber-Optic Internet Service in Herriman

Some private companies offer fiber-optic internet service to certain areas in Herriman. Approval is given by Herriman City through franchise agreements for qualified internet service providers. These companies are generally allowed to install conduit and cabling in public right-of-way, which includes roadways, curb/gutter, park strips, and sidewalks.

Please reach out to internet service provider (ISP) companies for details about their projects, pricing, and other services. For major traffic impact information, see the Construction Projects webpage.

Citywide, Publicly-Owned Fiber-Optic Network

Herriman City is exploring installing and implementing a citywide fiber-optic broadband network in a public-private partnership. The dual-purpose project would allow all residents to have multiple options for high-speed internet access and connect all City facilities for more efficient and effective services.  The City Council feels that quality, high-speed internet access is vital to serve the community’s needs in our modern era. 

The method that is being pursued would allow multiple internet service providers to use one publicly-owned fiber-optic network, increasing competition for customers, provide citywide coverage, and with no risk to taxpayers. No tax money will be used to construct or operate the network.

What’s going on now?

The steering committee is continuing to explore the feasibility of partnering with providers to bring an opportunity for high-speed internet service to all Herriman residents and to improve the efficiency of City operations.

Financial models and a high-level design were presented and discussed on November 8, 2023 in a City Council work meeting. The project's cost, expected bond interest rates, and a required subscription rate to make the network viable are higher than previous estimates, so the City is continuing to look for solutions.

What’s happened so far?

The City formed a Broadband Task Force in 2021 to explore any possible options to provide broadband access to the entire community. In March 2022, the Broadband Task Force reported to the City Council (linked lower in this webpage). After a resident survey showed high interest in a citywide network, the City formed a public-private partnership with Strata Networks to work toward developing a citywide municipal broadband network. The project scope and initial financial models were presented in August 2023. The latest design and updated financial projections were presented in November 2023.

See the Timeline section below for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Herriman residents often express a desire for more and better internet options that serve the entire city.
  • So far, private Internet Service Provider companies (ISPs) have not chosen to install fiber-optic connections in many areas of Herriman. Some areas have two or fewer options for internet access, and typically only the newest subdivisions have fiber-optic infrastructure. This is partly because it is generally more expensive for ISPs to install infrastructure in existing neighborhoods than in new ones as they are being built.
  • A publicly-owned, citywide network provides an opportunity for 100% residents to have access to high-speed internet while allowing multiple ISPs to compete on the open market for residents’ subscriptions. Such models have been successful in many other cities in the U.S.
  • The City can require a high level of service for any ISP wishing to use its fiber-optic network.
  • This style of network and service helps avoid a monopoly for any one company while allowing every home and business to have an opportunity for quality internet access.
  • ISP companies don’t need to worry about installing and owning the infrastructure themselves. Rather, they may simply buy in to an existing system where they can serve any Herriman home or business.
  • The City government is interested in the ability to have its own secured network that reaches all its facilities and infrastructure. This would help manage traffic infrastructure, stormwater flow, and water usage, and upgrade connectivity for emergency first responders.
  • Universal high-speed internet access helps enhance education, telehealth, an efficient and growing economy, and more.

No. While the City believes this project would greatly benefit our entire community, residents may choose to opt out of the network entirely and no one will be forced to participate. However, if you change your mind later and want to connect your home to the network, you will need to cover the full cost of connection—likely a few thousand dollars. Residents and businesses will be opted in by default, but anyone may opt out.

While exact prices from private companies are not yet known, projections show that even with the utility fee, prices for high-speed internet access will meet or even beat current market prices.

It is important to note this system would be financially self-supported and no tax money will be used to fund the construction of the network. The network will be financed through a public utility that is not tied to the City's taxpayer funds.

While it is true that a privately owned and operated fiber network (such as Google Fiber) would eliminate up-front costs by a public utility, subscribers to any private company cover both the costs of the company’s own installed network and the costs of providing internet access as part of their monthly subscription fee. A publicly-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 for the network were presented in November 2023. Projections show that 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. However, updated project costs and bond interest rates are significantly higher than earlier estimates showed.

The City will not move forward on the project if the users’ monthly fee is not competitive with current market prices. An citywide open-access network, as proposed, allows multiple internet service provider companies to serve end users. This will increase competition and allow residents more choices on which company to purchase internet service from. Current projections show that high-speed internet prices will meet or even beat current market prices. However, the latest estimates show that the total project cost, interest rates, and required subscription rates to make the network viable are significantly higher than earlier projections showed.



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.

March 2022

Broadband Task Force reports on potential fiber-optic network and high-speed internet options.

City Council meeting discussion

May 2022

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.

City Council meeting discussion

July 2022

Survey results presented to the City Council.

City Council meeting discussion

September 2022

Invitation to Negotiate published; multiple companies submit bids for a fiber-optic network. After reviewing bids, Broadband Task Force recommends Strata Networks.

City Council meeting discussion

November 2022

City Council directs staff to work with Strata Networks to prepare a scope, schedule, and fee for preliminary design work.

City Council meeting discussion

March 2023

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.

City Council meeting discussion

August 2023

Scope report presented to the City Council.

Preliminary infrastructure design, cost modeling, potential construction methods, and an estimated timeline were provided.

City Council meeting discussion

September 2023

City Council discusses the project as details are being worked out the project becomes clearer. Topics include financing options and the benefit to residents and the City. 

City Council meeting discussion

Staff Report

November 2023

High-level design and financial analysis complete, presented to the City Council. Overall project costs, bond interest rates, and required subscription rates exceed previous estimates. The project will be re-evaluated while other details about financing are prepared.

City Council meeting discussion


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.