A Thriving
Future
Needs Great
Internet

Moving Forward 

Thank you for engaging in the conversation about the broadband proposal. We committed to providing accurate, clear, and complete information about the plan so City of Holland voters could make an informed decision. Thank you for taking time to participate in the dialogue.

The election results mean that we will move forward with the City Council’s vision for a community-owned fiber optic broadband network. This will ensure all in the City of Holland have access to affordable, high-speed, reliable telecommunications service options.

This is the beginning of a major infrastructure project. Holland Board of Public Works will install fiber optic infrastructure able to handle up to 10 gigabit internet speeds that is accessible to all residents and businesses in the City of Holland. This will provide fast internet not only now but into the future as technology continues to evolve.

We are already taking the next steps, starting with a Request for Proposals to assist HBPW with engineering services. Follow our progress here at hollandcityfiber.com.

Timeline

  • August 2022 – Referendum
  • Winter 2022 – RFP for Design and Construction Services
  • Spring and Summer 2023 – Vendor Selection, network design
  • Fall 2023 – Construction begins. Construction will take place in phases, with services activated upon completion of each phase.
  • Summer 2024 – Phase 1 Go Live
  • 2026 – Final phases of construction completed

More Choices
For Faster Internet

With multiple family members at home using internet connection for work, virtual healthcare, entertainment and school, high-speed internet has become a 21st century necessity. 4K streaming, virtual reality and other future technologies all rely on a world with reliable connection and increasingly powerful internet speeds. Holland’s proposed millage would install city-wide fiber optic infrastructure to connect Holland to a vibrant future.

Faster and Affordable.

Holland BPW is a nonprofit entity, and as such we pass along our savings to our customers. We expect the total out-of-pocket cost for residents will be competitive with what other providers charge today, but with much faster speeds and greater reliability. With speeds up to 10 gigabits, this infrastructure will provide for the needs of today and for our community’s future.

Holland BPW will serve as one of many available ISPs, and we expect to provide internet service for about $45/month* with no additional cost for installation. 

*Estimate based on 2021 CTC cost study and assumed take rate of 51%.

BPW General Manager Dave Koster, Superintendent of Broadband Services Pete Hoffswell and City Manager Keith Van Beek discuss what the proposed fiber millage means for Holland.

Open Access.
Shared Infrastructure.

Open Access means one, superfast network that any internet service provider can use to give residents faster internet. Just like city roads, this will be shared infrastructure, which will allow more providers to offer services, driving competition and better prices.

August 2 Millage:
Listening to our Community

On August 2, Holland residents voted on a millage for Holland City Fiber to install city-wide fiber optic infrastructure for the City of Holland. The passed millage will levy up to 1.5 mills the first year and an estimated 1.12 mills each year after for the life of the bond.

The millage commitment by the residents of Holland will spread the cost over up to 25 years to minimize the individual annual cost while providing more choices for internet providers as well as potential faster speeds and higher reliability.

By proposing a community investment, Holland has the opportunity to build fiber infrastructure in an equitable way, reaching every neighborhood in the City of Holland.

Tax/Cost
Calculator

Individual tax costs for the millage depend on your taxable property value.* Use the tool below to search for your address and find your property’s taxable value.

*Please note that taxable value is NOT the same as the market value that you paid for your home. It’s usually about half (e.g. a market value of $200,000 on a principal residence is usually taxable at about $100,000).

 

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