This is different than what American Fork City has previously done. Let’s first look at what was done and what we are proposing.
In 2002, American Fork purchased a basic coax-fiber system with the intent to be a municipal internet service provider for the community, similar to what Spanish Fork currently does. Unfortunately, in the process Utah State legislature changed its laws, preventing City’s that hadn’t already started from retailing internet service. This left American Fork with a system it could not use. American Fork City eventually decided to sell the system at a fraction of the cost to another company, American Fiber Connect, or “AF” Connect. This left the City with a negative fund balance that still exists today.
With LightHub, American Fork is planning to install a much better system that will benefit both the residents and the City. The City will install the infrastructure but will not act as an internet service provider. The system will be funded through a utility fee and provide an open access system available for all service providers to use. This revenue will fund the installation, ongoing maintenance, and retire the existing debt from the previous system.
The proposed system is not just about the internet, instead it is about having a totally connected community which will allow for the advancement of the “internet of things.” Further, it will provide additional opportunities for the development of economic advancement.