Burlington, Wash., is offering businesses free installation to connect to its high-speed fiber optic network after the city got a $250,000 economic development grant to help businesses cover fiber installation.
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The city received a $250,000 economic development grant from
To sign up for free installation, businesses must have a current city business license, have a physical location in
The grant will pay for the costs to bring the "final foot" of fiber from the city line to individual buildings, said City Administrator Greg Young.
The fiber will be run overhead or underground.
Fiber connections cost on average between $1,000 and $2,000, but can run up to $8,000, Young said.
Three internet service providers — Pogozone,
The city asks that businesses sign up for service with an internet service provider prior to fiber installation.
Young said the city hopes offering zero-cost fiber installation will have economic benefits.
"If there is any bright spot in the pandemic, I think businesses are realizing the value of high-speed fiber and the value it brings from a productivity standpoint," he said.
"It's pretty amazing that (fiber) is running through our little town, it's kind of rare," she said.
The free fiber installation program began Monday. Young said the city's goal is to sign up at least 100 businesses.
Free installation is available for a limited time to qualified businesses.
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