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SandyNet to roll out fiber-based Internet in urban renewal district

Businesses will receive same pricing as residential service

SandyNet Fiber has started collecting businesses in the city’s urban renewal district that are interested in receiving fiber optic internet service.

The city launched its Fiber to the Home project in January 2014, offering free hookups to homes within the city limits. Businesses are next.

City Information Technology Director Joe Knapp said to have fiber to residential homes in Sandy is one thing, “but to have it available in the businesses is huge.”

For now, SandyNet and city staff are focused on putting together a list of interested businesses in Sandy’s urban renewal district, the main strip of downtown Sandy along Highway 26.

Last summer, the Sandy City Council decided to offer service to businesses at the same rates it offers fiber in residential areas — at $39.95 for 100 megabits per second and $59.95 for one gigabit per second.

Free installation will be offered to current SandyNet customers, but a $350 installation fee will apply to businesses that are new to sign up.

“It’s probably the cheapest pricing in the nation,” Knapp said.

Knapp said SandyNet will be seeking urban renewal funding to cover the remainder of installation costs. So far, staff have sent out about 80 letters to businesses in the district as well as email fliers through a partnership with the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce.

Once the list is made, Knapp said they will need engineering plans, drawings and construction quotes before they can begin laying the groundwork for installations. Knapp anticipates construction will begin in May or June.

For more information, visit ci.sandy.or.us/SandyNet/.