What is the American Fork fiber project and how it will work?

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. 

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1. What is fiber internet?
2. What is the American Fork fiber project and how it will work?
3. Why is American Fork building its own fiber network?
4. How will the network be funded?
5. When will fiber internet be available to me?
6. Is the American Fork Fiber Optic Network planned to be available only for residents or will businesses be able to use the fiber network also?
7. Why did American Fork select STRATA Networks as their partner?
8. What are the benefits of an “open access” network?
9. Which providers will be available on the city’s network?
10. Will all residents and businesses be required to subscribe to the network?
11. How much is this going to cost residents?
12. What services will be available over my fiber connection?
13. Will the American Fork fiber project raise my property taxes?
14. I already have an internet service provider (ISP). Will I still be able to use them?
15. What does the build-out/construction process look like?
16. What are the financial implications to the city?
17. Will fiber increase the value of my home?
18. Do we really need faster connections?
19. Can I use a wireless connection with fiber?
20. Is fiber internet “future proof?”
21. Will fiber become obsolete with other emerging technologies like 5G, satellite services, or other options that may be available in the future?
22. If I have a problem with my internet service on the American Fork Fiber Network, who would I call?
23. Will deploying the American Fork fiber network damage roads, gutters, walks, utilities, and landscaping?