- Published: 04 March 2023
Sugar Land plans to install hundreds of miles of infrastructure that will enable all residents and businesses to access fast, affordable and reliable internet.
During a recent meeting, the City of Sugar Land approved SiFi Networks’ 30-year plan to establish fiber optic infrastructure across the city.
The plan would provide access to up to 10 Gigabit per second of speed, said Steve Budny, Sugar Land’s director of IT. At 10 GPBS, a person can download a 4K movie in less than 30 seconds, according to utopiafiber.com.
The project, expected to be completed in 48 months, is fully funded upfront through private investment at no cost to the city. SiFi will leverage Sugar Land’s right-of-way to install approximately 900 miles of fiber optic cables throughout the city.
“SiFi is looking to invest well over $100 million into the community in return for gaining access to your public right-of-way,” said Scott Bradshaw, president of SiFi Networks America. “It does serve everybody. I’m building for the future. I’m looking to build a smart city infrastructure.”
The New Jersey-based telecommunications company said it will work with the city and the community to minimize any disruptions resulting from construction-related activities.
"We've been told that faster internet options and choice are important to our community," said Budny. "This is an example of how we've engaged the private sector to improve the quality of life for our citizens. Not only is the project funded through private investment, but there are zero costs to the city and taxpayers for the build out."
The network will also ensure underserved areas in the city have equal access to broadband infrastructure, according to the city website.
Autor(en)/Author(s): Juhi Varma
Quelle/Source: Houston Chronicle, 24.02.2023