Holland City Fiber is an educational initiative to provide accurate information to Holland voters about the proposed millage to install city-wide fiber optic infrastructure.
What is Fiber?
Most internet services currently operate on copper wire cable networks that transfer information using electrical signals.
Fiber optic networks transfer information through strands of glass in a cable using the invisible light spectrum. Each cable has multiple strands, so like cars on a highway, fiber can support more traffic at higher speeds, allowing information to quickly move on and off the road.
As a publicly-owned fiber network, Holland BPW is accountable to the community to provide affordable and reliable essential services. You can rely on the same quality of service that you currently receive for our other utilities such as electricity, water and wastewater.
Faster & Affordable
Holland BPW is a nonprofit entity. As a nonprofit, every dollar we receive is invested back into the utility to better serve our community. We pass along any savings to our customers through rate decreases.
A Thriving Future Needs Great Internet
Our community’s success and continued innovation will rely on a fast, reliable connection for an advanced workforce, competitive education, virtual healthcare and daily entertainment.
The proposed fiber project will install infrastructure able to handle up to 10 gigabit internet speeds—providing fast internet not only now but into the future as technology continues to evolve.
What is “Open Access?”
Imagine if every package delivery company had their own roads that they paid for, maintained and used exclusively by their trucks. This system is much like our current copper wire cable network. Each service provider has their own individual cable network that they install and pay for.
Installing an Open Access fiber network would allow all service providers to use the same fiber optic infrastructure, just as all package delivery companies all use the same roads that are paid for and maintained through public funds. In an Open Access fiber network, HBPW would provide the high speed network and secure, private delivery of data, and other service providers could also offer internet, television and phone services using the same network without making a large infrastructure investment.
How Fast is 1 Gigabit Internet?
View the service area map to determine if your home or business are in the City of Holland or visit our frequently asked questions page for more details.