Organization City of Ammon, Idaho Fiber Optic Department
Communities Covered The City of Ammon and a very small piece of Bonneville County, Idaho.
Goals of the Network

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The primary goal was the in-sourcing of connectivity for city operations (City is anchor tenant, served first and best). The initial investment was completely justified by that goal, although the ROI exceeded 20 years. Original projections placed ROI at 30 to 50 years depending on City expansion. The challenge with calculating that type of ROI is the rapid pace of change in telecommunications rates. So initial work was done with the rates and costs at the time expecting that bandwidth would rise with demand and costs would stay relatively flat. All purposes (goals) can be reviewed here: http://public.cityofammon.us/WebLink8/DocView.aspx?id=21565&dbid=0

Goals Achieved

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Would honestly say most all... City services rely on superior connectivity. Vastly improved services with less overhead due to high up front investment. Schools are using at 30% of previous costs Supporting emergency services Businesses can access The lone remaining goal is to make available to all equally. That is the goal still left, make it available to the residents equally. This is a challenge from a legal, policy and economic model perspective. We are technically further along than we are at a policy level.

The Network's Impact
  • Boosting economic development
  • Transforming healthcare medical care delivery
Initial Investment Amount $500,000.00
Investment Covered Built most of the network with initial investment
Source of Investment
  • Capital fund
Investment Repaid? We wrote off the initial investment
Services offered
  • Wholesale via open access network (ISPs sell retail)
  • Retail sales of fiber to individuals, businesses, others
  • Retail sales of wireless services to individuals, businesses, others
  • Sell dark fiber services
  • Own and sell data center services
  • Other
Other internet related services

We sell transport, not an end service unless the end service is the transport which makes the end user a provider by definition. In short, we do not distinguish between users and providers, we just charge based on consumption.