March 22, 2017

Downtown Fiber Project and Background

Beginnings:

The Eugene Downtown Fiber Project began with the Eugene Community Broadband Plan. The original concept proposed using steam pipes to serve downtown. There were three purposes identified:

  1. Publicly controlled infrastructure (carrier neutral)
  2. All buildings having broadband access
  3. All service providers have open access
Pilot Project:
  • Chose electrical conduit instead of steam pipes (serves more, less cost maintenance)
  • Installed microduct for eventual full build
  • Initial pilot¬†chosen for proximity, quality and number of potential customers
  • Building internal wiring: open access through public control
  • Funded by Eugene Telecommunication Project Funds, EWEB and LCOG funds
Pilot Project Results:
  • Take rate of 80%+ among two competitive providers
  • Competition created world quality service: gigabit for $99 a month
  • Customers getting Internet connectivity and enhanced Cloud access
  • Feasibility and price for larger project established
  • Fostered great demand / support for larger project
Next Step: Fiber for All of Downtown:
  • Replicate Pilot Project for the entire Downtown
  • Design system to serve all Downtown (150+ buildings).
  • Initial run 125 buildings (omitting already served, vacant buildings, parking areas)
  • Install microduct, blow and terminate fiber

 Fiber Project Service Area

All Downtown