Millage To Installation
City of Holland residents vote on the millage proposal.
If approved, construction on the infrastructure is expected to begin the following fall. Construction will take place in phases, with services activated upon completion of each phase.
HBPW anticipates that building the city-wide infrastructure will take about two years, with the final phases completed in Fall 2025.
A History of Community
Fiber In Holland
The Start of Fiber
Holland BPW has owned and operated fiber networks in Holland since the 1990s, first installing the networks for better management of HBPW’s water and electric systems and extending the infrastructure to businesses and entities by request.
Downtown Pilot Project
In 2017, HBPW piloted a shared-gigabit internet service fiber network for businesses and residents in the Downtown Holland corridor. The project has been extremely successful with over 200 businesses and residents signing on.
Taskforce and Community Survey
Holland City Council and HBPW commissioned a task force to engage the public around broadband in 2019. City Council further determined broadband internet as a priority for 2021, the same year in which they and Holland BPW commissioned a community survey to learn more about the general perception of broadband in our community. Here are our findings.
A Core Utility Service
70% of respondents agreed broadband is a core utility service on the same level of importance as water, wastewater and electricity.
72% of respondents agreed a community-owned broadband network would significantly increase access to services and improve quality of life in the community.
65% of respondents agreed that a community-level investment is needed to ensure sufficient broadband access by all.
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.