Fairhope, AL

Alabama
Total Population: 18,089
Population Density: 1,645 (people/sq.mi.)
Land Mass: 11 (sq.mi.)…..    ………

“The City of Fairhope is one of the first cities in the State of Alabama to own all its utilities. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality municipal services, so broadband connectivity is a natural addition to our city-provided services. The investment in fiber will give our citizens fast and reliable service, while investing in our city’s economic development. We are optimistic that this broadband service will contribute to maintaining and promoting Fairhope’s entrepreneurial spirit. ”

“The City of Fairhope is one of the first cities in the State of Alabama to own all its utilities. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality municipal services, so broadband connectivity is a natural addition to our city-provided services. The investment in fiber will give our citizens fast and reliable service, while investing in our city’s economic development. We are optimistic that this broadband service will contribute to maintaining and promoting Fairhope’s entrepreneurial spirit. ”

“Fairhope is the fastest growing city in the State of Alabama, and I believe that joining Next Century Cities is the first step for our city to be on the cutting edge of technology.”

The City is in a discovery period that will measure public demand for this utility service against the cost to provide it. That way, we can be transparent in this community decision. Next Century Cities can support that effort. There is a strong need for residents in our community to be able to work remotely through e-commerce or from home, and a fast reliable service is imperative.

Since then the City has installed more than 30 miles of underground fiber optic cable which serves the City’s operational and public safety needs. Additional system capacity is made available to Ammon area schools, businesses, residents and service providers as infrastructure.  Ammon’s fiber to businesses and residents is open-access to all service providers, which increases competition and reduces overall cost to consumers.

The City of Ammon is particularly interested in advancing public safety through the use of its fiber infrastructure. In 2012, the City was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to demonstrate network slicing for emergency communications in partnership with the University of Idaho. Today the City is a phase 2 contestant in the National Institute of Justice’s Ultra High Speed App Challenge.

The City of Ammon is working to further develop the open-access model by opening up the infrastructure through virtualization for the benefit of service providers and their subscribers.  The City is also utilizing its infrastructure to encourage development of other technological innovations, turning Ammon into a regional tech hub.