Why is the City proposing a dark fiber network?
  • The City contracted with Suddenlink in 2014 to construct fiber between city facilities including City Hall, Police Department, Public Works, and the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Suddenlink owns the fiber and therefore is the only internet service provider the city can use. Suddenlink internet service for city operations are priced higher than other companies would charge, and the city cannot switch providers because we do not own the fiber between our buildings.  
  • Staff began researching ways to reduce the cost of monthly internet expenses, and found that many agencies including school districts, cities and county governments own their own fiber connection between facilities and then they are able to save costs by then bidding internet service to multiple providers, ultimately driving down their cost of internet service. 
  • Additional benefits are a direct and more secure connection for purposes of law enforcement information sharing between agencies and added control over the city’s network. 
  • The project was proposed to the City Council in 2019 while creating the five-year Capital Improvement Plan for 2020-2024 and initial cost of the design and construction were approved.

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1. Why did the City get involved?
2. Did the City talk to the existing internet providers before moving ahead with this project in 2017?
3. Did the City talk to other internet providers before releasing the RFP?
4. Do existing internet service providers in Spring Hill have fiber networks?
5. Why is fiber important?
6. Why is gigabit speed important?
7. What due diligence was performed?
8. What was the purpose of the Broadband Task Force?
9. Why was a feasibility study performed?
10. What is a feasibility study?
11. What was the recommendation made by the Broadband Task Force?
12. Why did the Broadband Task Force disband?
13. What areas does this project impact?
14. Is the City going to own the internet service?
15. Why not wireless?
16. Why did Spring Hill have a launch event for RG Fiber?
17. What is a Request for Proposal (RFP)?
18. Does an RFP obligate the City to act?
19. Why did we issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) instead of a Request for Information (RFI)?
20. Why was a Mutual Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement included?
21. What were the stated goals of the RFP and when was it released?
22. Why were incentives important to the RFP process?
23. What incentives were offered in the RFP?
24. Who was the RFP distributed to?
25. Who responded to the RFP?
26. What steps were involved in the selection process?
27. Was a rating matrix completed during the proposal review process?
28. What was the committee recommendation?
29. Why was an out of state company chosen?
30. Why didn’t the City pick the lowest bid?
31. What is dark fiber?
32. Why is the City proposing a dark fiber network?
33. Will the City control the residents’ internet?
34. Will the City get internet before the residents do?
35. Why does the City need high-speed internet to the Aquatic Center and the Community Center?