American Fork has committed to build its own open access fiber optic network throughout the entire city. There are typically three general roles in a fiber optic network, namely:
- The Network Owner
- The Network Operator
- The Internet Service Provider (ISP)
American Fork will make this happen through a public-private partnership (PPP) with STRATA Networks. As part of this PPP, American Fork will be the Network Owner and will contract with STRATA for designing, engineering, and constructing the physical infrastructure. STRATA Networks will also be contracted to be the Network Operator for a designated period of time which can be renewed at the city’s discretion. Internet access will be available through third-party Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in an “open-access” model on the American Fork Fiber Network. This means that participating ISPs on the network can equally utilize the fiber network to provide internet services.