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.
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.
The costs to Chanute citizens are:
Up to a $19 million investment of borrowed money, to be repaid by fiber customers.