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Clackamas Broadband eXchange, SandyNet to launch pilot program on Mount Hood

COURTESY PHOTO - The partnership will provide ISP services to residents on U.S. Forest Service roads 29, 31 35A and 35B. SandyNet services will soon be extended to select residents living along the Mount Hood corridor, though a timeframe has yet to be determined.

The Sandy City Council approved an intergovernmental agreement between Clackamas Broadband eXchange (CBX) and SandyNet.

The council met Sept. 3 at Sandy City Hall.

The partnership will provide ISP services to residents on U.S. Forest Service roads 29, 31 35A and 35B. The effort, dubbed the Kiwanis Project, is intended as a pilot to assess the feasibility of a future partnership between CBX and SandyNet to "deliver gigabit speeds to underserved areas in Clackamas County."

"(The project is) estimated to serve up to 94 homes, (and) this small area provides a low-risk opportunity for SandyNet to expand beyond the city's limits," said Greg Brewster, SandyNet/IT director for the city.

In the pilot partnership, CBX will assume responsibility for the physical infrastructure and SandyNet will take on the duties of providing technical help and billing.

"The IGA provides the opportunity for SandyNet to build its relationship with CBX and create a common model for potential future deployments," Brewster said. "This pilot project will provide important insight into SandyNet's expansion outside of city limits with minimal risk to current operations and budget."

CBX has agreed to provide $15,000 and purchase customer premise equipment for SandyNet. SandyNet will receive $24 per customer as fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) revenue.

"We're excited to have the opportunity to begin providing fiber optic services outside of city limits. We have a great relationship with Clackamas Broadband eXchange and I think we'll work well together in this pilot project to explore and create a model that would work in other locations as well," Brewster added. "Expansion has always been a goal of SandyNet, but deploying fiber outside of city limits is a lot different than one might think," Brewster continued.

"While we have fiber optics within the city down to a science, construction and operation outside of the city has many different variables. Partnering with CBX on this project will allow us to demystify a lot of those questions. We provide a great service to our residents, and we want to be able to provide that to the surrounding communities as well. The success of this partnership and project will lay a lot of ground work and help us work towards that goal."

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