Fiber to the Home

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Fiber-To-The-Home describes the connection of the City’s broadband Internet service from your local PON (Passive Optical Network) to outside of your house.

In order to support the blazingly-fast information available on broadband Internet, the City uses fine strands of insulated glass called fiber optic cable which transports your data rapidly to and from your computer. In its simplest form, Fiber-To-The-Home delivers a fast Internet connection to your house. Only a few of the uses for this previously unavailable flow rate of information include entertainment, school research, medical monitoring, home security/environment control and utility management. This last one, utility management, revolutionizes the way we as citizens can access our utility usage and therefore billing information: if you have a question about electricity, water or gas use at your home, a digital meter can monitor your usage and provide hourly reports immediately so you can compare to previous usage for reference.

- In 2019, the Chanute City Commission voted to move forward with engineering two sections of Chanute, designated PON 3 and PON 11, to receive aerial and/or submerged fiber broadband Internet access. The areas involved in the undertaking are shown here:

Residential Service Agreement


Overview of Chanute illustrating locations of PON 3 and PON 11.

PON 3


The benefits to Chanute’s utility customers are:
  • Better access to your own utility consumption information, giving you the ability to lower your utility bills
  • Prepay reduces/eliminates security deposits and write offs
  • Improved customer service
  • Shorter outage durations; Cost efficiency improvements from reduced system loss
  • Ultra-high-speed Internet access, highest quality video/TV, and telephone services
  • Fiber optic speed and reliability; Keeps your money in the community.
  • Opportunities for advancements in community health, education, public safety, and economic development initiatives.
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FTTH Roundtable Discussion Feb 16 2015 in Chanute Kansas

Following a unanimous city commission vote on November 25, 2013, we are researching and developing a Fiber to the Home (FTTH) project. FTTH is a high speed broadband connection that could be connected to every home and business. It would also be used by the utility system to provide timely customer utility information and new payment options. A final recommendation will be made to the city commission for consideration.