Holland City Fiber

Tonight we learned the City and BPW’s proposal for city-wide broadband: A 10 Gbps fiber-to-the-home network to every address in the city.

Holland City Fiber logo

They proposed funding construction with a millage (up to 1.5 mills) and then a low monthly service cost.

How low? We have a calculator for that. If you live in a $300,000 home, ($150k taxable value), then your total out-of-pocket cost (millage + gigabit service) could be $60!

Calculator showing annual savings of $291 compared to a $85 incumbent provider.
Calculator example showing savings.

To get there, we need to pass a millage as a city. This would go on the August 2 ballot. Then, it would likely be another year before construction would happen.

Tonight’s presentation and supporting documents have a lot of detail, that we’ll unpack in the coming days. There are still a lot to do, and a lot of help will be needed. In the meantime, BPW has started releasing info on their website. Stay tuned for more, as things are getting exciting!


  1. Great news!

    chris theule vandam
    Chris Theule VanDam
    March 10, 2022 at 3:08 AM
  2. This is great, can’t wait for them to start rolling it out.
    This will mean so much for our community

    March 10, 2022 at 3:43 AM
  3. Are there even any homes in either the current service area? Or the proposed near-term expansion area? Let alone any $300k homes? I mean, rolling out better Internet service via a local fiber network is great, but at the rate this one is going, your great-great-grandchildren’s grandchildren, might be able to get service just in time to livestream Captain Kirk setting off on his first voyage on the Enterprise. But only if they live in the right part of town.

    March 10, 2022 at 10:55 AM
  4. … to answer my own question, its pretty much ALL commercial/industrial, going from the “2022” map shown in the last update. I think there MIGHT be about a half-dozen residential properties, in the southwest corner. Aside from that its all businesses. Good thing I’m not holding my breath. Hope you aren’t either.

    March 10, 2022 at 11:01 AM
  5. @joe There are many residences (apartments, condos) in the current service area, but not many houses. I don’t have official word on what “Campustown” would entail (i’m told it isn’t finalized), but from informal conversations I think it would be hundreds of homes.

    March 10, 2022 at 2:25 PM

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