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Fiber-to-home 'looks promising'

Final details are being decided, and proposal could be ready Sept. 3


City Manager Seth Atkinson and IT Director Joe Knapp met recently with principals of the SiFi program of the Pickstock Group, a British company.

The local duo were hammering out details of the agreement that would get SiFi to work on a project that would make available speeds from 100 megabits to 1 gigabit of fiber-optic cable service to every home and business in the city.

The proposed method of delivering service is fairly unique, since the proposal is to place the cable inside existing sewer lines. That method would make the installation less costly.

Atkinson reported to the Sandy City Council Monday night that the negotiations are progressing well, and “things look promising,” he said.

New information, based on the recent meeting, Atkinson said, would be brought to the SandyNet board Thursday, Aug. 8.

“Things look fairly positive,” he said. “They’re anxious to begin.”

More definite information, and possibly a proposal, Atkinson said, likely would be brought for a decision at the council’s meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3.

— Jim Hart