Mountain Home Fiber Utility
Mountain Home Fiber Explained in 3 Minutes
A Message from Mayor Sykes
Reliable internet connectivity is essential in the 21st century. Just as electricity enabled the first industrial revolution, fiber optic infrastructure is the foundation for the digital revolution. Residents in our city have been paying too much for mediocre access to the internet. As Mountain Home’s Mayor, I have made it a key priority of the city to build and establish local control of this essential infrastructure. The goals of the city for this project include the following
Lower the cost of internet access by 25% - 30% for residents and businesses.
Significantly increase the speed and reliability of internet access.
Increase competition and give residents multiple options for ISPs on demand in real time.
Build a state-of-the-art network that will improve economic development and foster innovation.
Leverage the network to improve the services provided in the city including public safety, transportation, healthcare, education, emergency communications, and new services that will become possible with advanced network infrastructure.
The city is not trying to compete with the private sector. The city will simply build and operate the fiber optic infrastructure. This infrastructure will then be open to any service provider that seeks to offer services in the city. The city has adopted this open model to achieve its goals because the network now touches nearly everything that is important for the city.
The unfortunate reality is that the current dominant internet access model in our country is one where network operators build closed proprietary systems that are designed to maximize profit. Alternatively, the Mountain Home fiber utility seeks to maximize value and lower costs through competition.