Lake Cities Broadband
The Lake Cities have officially been named a finalist in IDC Government Insights’ fifth annual Smart Cities North America Awards (SCNAA) in the Digital Equity and Accessibility category for the Lake Cities Community Fiber Project. The Fiber Project will construct a dark fiber ring that would connect the Lake Cities Government facilities. As the fiber ring is constructed, an Internet Service Provider will build and offer residential service with speeds of 1 gig to every home in the Lake Cities.
The awards recognize the progress North American municipalities have made in executing Smart Cities projects, as well as provide a forum for sharing best practices to help accelerate Smart City development in the region.
As a next step in the nomination process, IDC invites the public to vote on the named finalists at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCNAA22 . Voting will be open beginning today, March 7, through 5:00pm ET on Sunday, March 13h.
Press Release January 26, 2022
Lake Cities Town Councils Agree to Pursue an Agreement with Pavlov to construct a Fiber Ring around the Lake Cities.
Access to High-Speed Broadband services has been a concern for Lake Cities’ Residents for many years. At a Joint Council meeting held on January 26th, 2022, the Lake Cities Technology committee presented recommendations based on the reports from consulting teams that would work toward bringing dedicated broadband service to our area. All four councils authorized their City Managers and staff to negotiate the agreement with the recommended ISP, including a franchise agreement for the broadband services. The service provider, Pavlov Media, based in Champaign, Illinois, would construct a dark fiber ring that would connect the Lake Cities Government facilities. As the fiber ring is constructed Pavlov Media will build and offer residential service with speeds of 1 gig to every home in the Lake Cities.
Construction of the fiber ring is to be funded through the ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds that each of the four Lake Cites has received. Negotiation of the contract will be the first step in the process. Upon final negotiations of the contract, each of the Lake Cities Councils will approve the final agreement. The project is anticipated to be complete within three years.
Scope of the Project
The Lake Cities Technology Committee is comprised of local community leaders from various sectors with a common mission of enhancing and expanding broadband access, adoption and use throughout the region for the benefit of residents and businesses. To that end, the Committee has partnered with Connected Nation Texas and their “Connected Community” program to assess the present state of broadband in the Town of Shady Shores and establish a broadband planning process and plan to address our current and future broadband needs.
The Survey has been completed and the preliminary results are available below. You may also view the interactive Map to view service lines and availability throughout the Lake Cities.
|Field Validation Mapping and Analysis||2 months (July 2020- September 2020)|
|Demand Survey||2 months (September 2020-October 2020)|
|Strategic Planning||3-4 Months (November 2020- February 2020)|