Anacortes Municipal Broadband

Bringing broadband internet access to Anacortes residents and businesses in not only important, it's imperative.  Broadband will be a gamechanger for our community.  It's impact will change our lives, our educational systems, and our community's economic development options.

-Mayor Laurie Gere

student school internetAccess to high-quality affordable broadband technology gives consumers access to super-fast speeds and provides the entire city with new opportunities to grow economically. With greater accessibility and faster speeds, the sky’s the limit: households can connect all their devices without worry, entrepreneurs have the infrastructure they need to innovate and city governments have additional capacity to address local problems, from growing traffic congestion to managing large databases. And this translates into improved economic performance with the creation of more jobs, more innovation, as well as incentive for additional infrastructure investments and companies relocating or expanding into the City of Anacortes.

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The City of Anacortes has been exploring ways to improve the reliability and speed of internet services in Anacortes and is seeking to construct a fiber optic based internet network. This Business Plan primarily focuses on the City investing in a municipal fiber optic broadband network for utility and community use. A business plan is in development to help provide a framework for that business model while the city evaluates working with a third-party entity to provide services to residents and businesses on the municipal network without including details about who would fulfill that role.

telehealth health computer old womanTo date the City has constructed a fiber optic backbone for utility use that links the Water Treatment Plant, the Wastewater Treatment Plan, and the pump stations other facilities that support the water a­­nd wastewater utilities for telemetry and control of the utility systems.  The City intends to expand the fiber optic network from this backbone infrastructure to all City facilities.

Help us name the Anacortes Community Broadband Network. 

It will belong to all of us- so we want to hear what you think it should be called!  Finalists will be featured on the city website and invited to share their idea at a City Council meeting.

The City is leveraging the fiber-optic utility backbone to build out a high-capacity broadband network in Anacortes. This network will bring world-class services to local businesses, schools, healthcare facilities, public safety agencies, government buildings and residences.

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Next Steps

City Council adopted Resolution 2013 outlining the City Council’s desire to pursue a municipal fiber optic internet system and provides staff with the directive to prepare a business plan.

City staff are working on the draft plan.