SandyNet is the Internet Service Provider owned by the people of Sandy and operated as a public service by the City of Sandy. The City began offering this service in 2003 and has seen very strong growth in the adoption of this service by the citizens of Sandy. As a non-profit utility, SandyNet operates on a break-even basis, and all savings are passed onto the customers.
SandyNet has been in operation for over 12 years now as the City of Sandy's municipal broadband utility. Over the course of the past decade the way the Internet is utilized and the demands of the average user have changed significantly. We realized years ago that the future of a wireless network and the vision of how SandyNet users would be using the Internet in new and creative ways did not line up. It was at that point that we began making plans to implement a state-of-the-art fiber optic network to deliver next generation Internet connectivity to the community of Sandy.
In 2011 the City of Sandy explored a pilot project to bring fiber to the Cascadia Village and Bornstedt Village neighborhoods. This project included approximately 500 homes but ultimately the construction costs proved to be too high to meet the goal of service rates that were desired.
In 2012 an agreement was signed with i3 America to provide a fiber network to the entire City of Sandy utilizing an innovative technology that made use of an existing public asset to lower the construction cost of cable deployment... the sewer system. After much work and long negotiations however, the project fell apart as i3 America sold its technology to another company. This process delayed the project for over a year as we researched and negotiated with several companies to find someone that could meet our needs and construct a network ideal for the future of the community of Sandy.
In December of 2013 our search finally ended with the signing of an agreement between the City of Sandy and OFS. OFS is an excellent partner for the City with a long and rich history in the world of fiber optics. They bring a tremendous amount of experience that is already proving to be beneficial to our community.
In January of 2014 City Council authorized the City Manager to sign a contract with OFS for the creation of a Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) network in the City of Sandy. This network will utilize the latest technologies in fiber optic networking to bring the citizens of Sandy ultra-fast internet at an affordable price. We expect to have fiber infrastructure available for every building inside the city Limits by 2015.
The average Internet connection in Sandy is less than 5mbps. SandyNet Fiber can deliver speeds up to 200 times faster than average giving you instant access to your online media. Whether you're downloading music, streaming movies, video conferencing with friends and family, or checking the latest sports scores, everything will happen in a snap with truly high speed Internet.