Eagle Mountain Fiber Construction Plan Update
May 4, 2012 6 Comments
We held a construction meeting yesterday to plan the fiber build to the remaining Eagle Mountain subdivisions that are still on copper lines. This year we will continue upgrading Eagle Point, and this winter, begin construction in Mount Airey—replacing the old copper plant with brand new fiber optic cable direct to each home.
We know that those of you still on copper in other areas are anxious to know how soon we will be bringing fiber to your neighborhood. The good news I have been authorized to share is that by the end of 2015, we plan to have the entire southern part of the city totally upgraded to fiber. We also laid out a 7-year plan to build fiber to every remaining home in the city.
This is obviously going to be an enormous project, requiring millions of investment dollars, but we feel that each person in Eagle Mountain deserves fiber to the home, despite the current federal government’s objections to remote areas having better networks than the larger urban centers. This is our community, and we are committed to ensuring the economic vibrancy of Eagle Mountain.
The time is coming when there will be large economic opportunity gap between those who have fiber optic cable to their homes, and those without. We want you to be on the right side of that gap—the up side, the fiber haves. Having access to unlimited broadband is the future to economic development and personal educational opportunity, and someday each home that wants to be part of the global information economy will probably require minimum speeds of 100 Mbps. Fiber is essential. Fiber is the future.
This build will be unprecedented along the Wasatch Front, especially since all public utilities are required to be buried in Eagle Mountain, so bringing fiber to every last home will require thousands of underground bores. We hope you will be patient as we roll out this plan and ensure that Eagle Mountain will always have the premier fiber broadband network in Utah.