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Eugene Looking To Expand Public Internet Fiber Network Downtown


Anne Fifield, an economic development planner, stands in the Willamette Internet Exchange, or WIX, Eugene’s fiber-optic hub. The city is set to expand its high-speed fiber project through much of downtown to create high-end public Wi-Fi and boost businesses in the area.

Anne Fifield, an economic development planner, stands in the Willamette Internet Exchange, or WIX, Eugene’s fiber-optic hub. The city is set to expand its high-speed fiber project through much of downtown to create high-end public Wi-Fi and boost businesses in the area.

Brian Davies/The Register-Guard

The city of Eugene and its partners are seeking to spend $3.8 million to expand their fledging high-speed Internet fiber network throughout downtown Eugene.

Project supporters say the expansion of the network to about 120 buildings would help the city’s growing technology sector and lay the groundwork for the delivery of cheaper, faster Internet service citywide.

“It will do more for our downtown, more for the continued expansion of what’s succeeding in our downtown than just about anything we can do,” Councilor Mike Clark said near the end of a work session Monday when councilors signaled their support for moving forward.

The total cost is estimated at $3.8 million. The City Council will hear about ways to pay for it at a work session Wednesday. Options include applying for two grants employees have identified or assessing fees to buildings that want to connect to the network.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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