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The city is not required to pay anything for the network. Our contribution to the project is providing access to city-owned rights-of-way where the fibre-optic cables will go. However, if the city chose at some point to pay some of the cost, it would also receive a share of revenue.
The City of Beaumont isn’t taking on any financial risk. In fact, there’s a much greater risk of Beaumont falling behind and missing economic opportunities if we take a passive approach and wait for traditional internet infrastructure to be installed.
We can’t say for certain. But with more providers offering internet service in Beaumont, consumers will see more competitive prices and service options.
We think an open-access network with the highest-speed infrastructure available commercially in the world makes a pretty convincing argument to stay in Beaumont. The network also has the potential to attract new businesses and investment to Beaumont, meaning more customers for internet service providers.
Yes. Property owners will not have to be connected to the network, however, we strongly recommend at least having the connection to your home completed Whether you choose to sign up with an internet service provider to use the connection is entirely your decision.
Access to high-speed fibre-optic broadband internet is quickly becoming an essential utility around the world and by choosing not to at least have your property connected to the network, you may limit the future potential and access to this key infrastructure.