On October 20, 2015, the Lake Oswego City Council asked staff to work with a private partner to draft an agreement to build and operate a citywide gigabit fiber network. The potential private partner is a team made up of LO-based Sunstone Business Finance, OFS, and Calix (the latter two companies have extensive experience in fiber network design, operation, and equipment).
This network would make extremely fast (at least 1,000 megabits per second, or 1 gigabit per second) Internet service available to every home and business in Lake Oswego. It would be operated as a utility, with prices kept as low as possible while still being self-supporting. The use of fiber optic technology would optimize the network for Internet services, allowing even further speed increases as needed.
The City Council directed that a professional survey firm be asked to poll residents and businesses on community interest in a fiber broadband network. An on-line survey was conducted in December, 2015, and a market research firm, Pivot, conducted a phone survey in January, 2016. The City Council met in a study session on January 26 to review the survey results (see the link below for the agenda packet material). The Council directed staff to continue to work with the private partner to draft an agreement for consideration by the Council.
On March 2, 2016, the City Council held a study session to consider the pros and cons of proceeding with a broadband partnership. After much discussion, the Council decided to place the question before the voters in a November advisory vote.
The ballot measure (Measure 3-491) title, summary, and explanatory are posted in the Elections section of the city website.