One of the most important responsibilities of local government is building, maintaining and improving critical infrastructure that benefits all residents - such as power, water and roads. Fiber is critical infrastructure that can enhance the City. It will enhance our residents’ already high-quality of life, while helping the City run more efficiently and cost-effectively, stay competitive and thrive economically.
Fiber transfers data rapidly and reliably. It has the bandwidth required to expand choice, open opportunities for residents and improve City operations by enabling the installation of smart sensors and devices and increasing the speed of data transfers as well as helping the City provide additional online services and improve communications. Cities like Kaysville are increasingly using fiber infrastructure to cope with the rapid growth of connected devices and to accommodate “SMART city” technologies. Without a well-designed fiber backbone, “SMART city” efforts are not possible.
Fiber infrastructure would improve City operations, drive efficiencies, reduce costs, expand capabilities and allow Kaysville to become a “SMART City.”
Examples of how fiber can
benefit our City:
Smart traffic lights to improve the flow of traffic.
Sensors on powerlines to pinpoint outages and improve repair times and to identify when a transformer is overheating so a fire can be prevented.
Smart power grid technologies to manage peak demand times more efficiently and cost effectively.
Monitors to detect leaks and avoid overwatering at City parks and facilities.
Better fire and police communications and emergency response tools that can cut precious seconds off response times.
Emergency responders can live video feeds from schools and train crossing to prevent and respond to emergency situations more quickly and efficiently.
Economic development tool that reduces the cost of doing business in the City.
The library can offer more online services, workstations, and books online.
Fiber infrastructure offers cost-effective, fast, reliable bandwidth. Most importantly, a fiber infrastructure generates revenue to pay for itself by providing valuable internet service to residents at a reduced rate.
Connectivity Will Become Even More Critical in the Future as Technology Advances
As more and more people have started driving electric cars, a platform is being developed that can help cities better manage the power they need. This platform will read which cars have full batteries and which cars are in need of a charge so the power grid system can be managed efficiently to transfer power based on real-time data instead of assumptions.
Educational institutions will offer more online and virtual reality teaching opportunities. For example, students in the school band will be able to connect with other band members over the internet and perform together as if they were all in the same room.
Conference tables will have built in technology so they act like a smart tablet connecting people to information and data.
All of this takes the speed, reliability and bandwidth that fiber provides.
With Fiber, Kaysville
If Kaysville chooses not to build a network extending fiber to all City buildings and infrastructure and to all households and businesses, the City will still need to invest in upgraded technology for key functions. However, making piecemeal investments over time could reduce or prevent efficiencies that would otherwise be gained from installing a comprehensive Citywide network all at once. Neighboring cities with fiber networks have considered the same issues and have made the decision to build a comprehensive, locally-owned system.