Didn’t the City try this before? Why will this be different?

This is different than what American Fork City has previously done. Let’s first look at what was done and what we are proposing.

In 2002, American Fork purchased a basic coax-fiber system with the intent to be a municipal internet service provider for the community, similar to what Spanish Fork currently does. Unfortunately, in the process Utah State legislature changed its laws, preventing City’s that hadn’t already started from retailing internet service. This left American Fork with a system it could not use. American Fork City eventually decided to sell the system at a fraction of the cost to another company, American Fiber Connect, or “AF” Connect. This left the City with a negative fund balance that still exists today.

With LightHub, American Fork is planning to install a much better system that will benefit both the residents and the City. The City will install the infrastructure but will not act as an internet service provider. The system will be funded through a utility fee and provide an open access system available for all service providers to use. This revenue will fund the installation, ongoing maintenance, and retire the existing debt from the previous system.

The proposed system is not just about the internet, instead it is about having a totally connected community which will allow for the advancement of the “internet of things.” Further, it will provide additional opportunities for the development of economic advancement.

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1. What is LightHub Fiber?
2. What is this going to cost (me)?
3. What are the benefits?
4. Why is American Fork City considering this?
5. Didn’t the City try this before? Why will this be different?
6. How far along is the City at in this process?
7. How does this system work?
8. Is the City going to be an internet service provider (ISP)?
9. If the City isn’t going to be an ISP then who will be giving us the guaranteed minimum internet?
10. Will the City make a profit?
11. How does the City know that the information upon which the decision is being based is accurate?
12. Has the City vetted all options?
13. Who will be building the network?
14. Is it legal?
15. How will the system be managed on a go forward basis?
16. Has the model been tried elsewhere?
17. What are some examples of successful networks?
18. Are there other more pressing needs the City should take care of before deploying a fiber optic network?
19. How will putting in fiber infrastructure make ISPs who are already there more competitive?
20. Will there ever be a fee increase?
21. How do we know that the internet retail prices will not increase over time creating a deficit?
22. What will I get for my utility fee?
23. What if I can’t afford this?
24. Will this system be outdated in a year or two when new technology, like 5G, comes?
25. How is fiber a utility like water, sewer, roads, or power?
26. Do I really need a gigabit?
27. Can you really guarantee a gigabit of speed?
28. Don't we have sufficient bandwidth now?
29. Does this mean the City will tear up the streets again to put in Fiber?
30. How long will it take to build? What’s the timeline?
31. Will this be on the upcoming ballot?
32. What happens to citizens already committed to other ISP provider contracts?
33. 6. Will the City be able to run the network with the current staff?
34. What will happen to AF Connect?
35. Will the City need to run a line into my home?
36. What if I don’t want to participate in this? Can I opt-out?
37. What happens if I opt out but later want to get it?
38. Can my HOA stop delivery to my home?
39. Where can I learn more?