Kaysville Fiber To The Home Project
Kaysville has a History of Embracing Innovation
At the turn of the century, long before Interstate 15 was built, Kaysville was the hub of the County with roads criss-crossing north and south. A hundred years ago, Kaysville leaped into the electric power market as the area was scrambling to find ways to install electric lights and the private sector was struggling to make the venture work. In 1908 the City purchased service contracts and privately owned, partially installed, electric light plant and infrastructure for $1,850. A sum total of $3,000 was borrowed at an annual rate of 8% to be paid off in 6 months after the completion of the unfinished electric light infrastructure. In 1914, there were 27 users of electric current in the city. In 1915, there were 154 users. The salary of the city electrician was $12.00 per month.
A hundred years ago Kaysville was also the hub of telecommunication. In 1903 Rocky Mountain Bell established a central office in Kaysville. The first offices were just across the street from the current city hall at 59 North Main Street in the upper story of H. J. Sheffield and Sons Mercantile. Service began with 24 connected telephones and contracts for 21 more to be installed. The exchange remained in Kaysville until 1960 when a new exchange was built on the south end of Fort Lane. Although the telecommunication hub was not owned by the city, many Kaysville residence benefited from the work it offered an the services it provided.
Kaysville Fiber and Bandwidth for the Future
Kaysville City is once again faced with the difficulties of growth and changing technology. With our highly-educated, tech savvy community, however many residents find it difficult to find an Internet Service Provider (ISP) that offers both the bandwidth they need and the service they deserve, all at a price they can afford. A Hundred years later the city is now working to bring Fiber Optics, a necessity of the 21st century, to the community.
Just as local governments are responsible for providing and maintaining roads, water pipelines, and power lines, there is a case to be made for cities and counties to build the basic technology pipelines for 21st-century data services – and many already are. Neighboring communities of Layton, Centerville, Salt Lake City, Brigham City, and Lindon have taken the necessary steps and made the commitment to deliver fiber optic service to every home and business throughout their city.
With the help of a technical advisory group made up of citizens, staff, and elected officials, Kaysville has investigated the possibility of facilitating fiber to the home services. After evaluating proposals submitted by interested companies, the group feels exceptionally confident the idea is viable.
Fiber to the home services are certainly possible, however the method to achieve our goal has yet to be decided. Over the coming months, Kaysville will undertake a feasibility study and evaluate community support for this initiative. We anticipate making a decision by Fall 2019.