Hillsboro, Oregon, to Expand Muni Fiber Network to Residents

HILLSBORO, OR — The City of Hillsboro has committed to expanding its existing City-owned municipal fiber network to provide affordable high-speed internet access to Hillsboro residents, businesses, and nonprofits.

Currently, the City of Hillsboro’s fiber network connects and serves City buildings, schools, local government organizations, and traffic signals. Two Hillsboro areas where need and opportunity are the greatest are targeted for the first phase of the fiber network’s service expansion in 2019.

Southwest Hillsboro/Shute Park
The lowest-income area of Hillsboro has the greatest need for affordable internet service — and presents a prime opportunity for the City of Hillsboro to play a meaningful role in helping ensure equitable access for all residents. The City recently applied to designate this area as an opportunity zone for investments as recognized by state and federal governments. The City will target summer 2019 to begin providing municipal internet service in the Southwest Hillsboro/Shute Park neighborhoods.

South Hillsboro
This new development — the largest master-planned neighborhood in Oregon history — is the best opportunity to incorporate the City’s fiber network infrastructure from its inception. Building out the network at such an early stage in the neighborhood’s development presents the greatest potential cost efficiency of any area. The City will target spring 2019 to begin providing municipal internet service in the South Hillsboro neighborhood.

Multi-year Phased Buildout
In addition to these Hillsboro neighborhoods, the City will continue to explore opportunities to expand service to the rest of Hillsboro as part of a multi-year phased buildout. “For our students, for our businesses, and for our entire community, we are moving forward now to expand the City’s fiber network to include internet service,” said Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway.

Initial financial modeling estimates a flat-rate target cost of around $50 per month for internet access with download and upload speeds of at least 1 Gbps. Low-income households could receive the same internet access with speeds of at least 1 Gbps for around $10 per month. These amounts are estimates and may be adjusted.

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