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Sandy down to the wire on cable

The Sandy City Council is expected to decide Monday, Oct. 7, which company will install high-speed fiber-optic cable to every home and business in Sandy.

City Manager Seth Atkinson would not give any details about the competing proposals from the two interested companies. But he did say the companies had been going back and forth besting each other’s offers, until Atkinson asked for their final offer.

“At some point in the (back-and-forth) negotiations,” he said, “I had to say ‘OK, we’re going to have your last, best offer from both of you, and we’ll take it to the council.’ “

But Atkinson said he still prefers the type of plan offered by a company last year, which sent the cables through existing sewer lines.

That offer was put on temporary hold because of a larger company buy-out, but that offer is now back on the table.

“We’ve renegotiated (an earlier) agreement,” he said. “But it’s the same service we’ll be able to provide. I’m still leaning toward the (plan) where the cable goes through our sewer system.

But there’s another proposal for a more traditional build (dig ditches and bury cable) that we’ll present to council. But I think the financing structure lends itself to the (sewer system option).”

Atkinson said the advantage is in the way the project is being financed with the company that proposes to use sewer pipes to deliver the cable.

“This is financed more like a traditional private investment where you have a lot invested up front and then towards the end it pays off really big,” Atkinson said. “ ... There’s pros and cons to both offers. It’s not like it’s a one-sided issue.”

The fiber-optic service would be provided through SandyNet, and is planned to be 100 megabytes per second for every home and business for a proposed $39.95 per month. For businesses or anyone desiring faster speed, one-gigabyte service also is planned.

“Both companies would be ready to move very quickly,” Atkinson said, “as soon as we finalize the agreement.”

The council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, in the council’s chamber in the basement of City Hall (rear entrance), 39250 Pioneer Blvd.

For more information, call Atkinson at 503-668-6927 or Joe Knapp at 503-489-0933.