In order to maximize the value of the City’s existing investment in communications infrastructure, the City will establish strategic policies for the use, potential lease, trade and sale of fiber assets.
Why is this important?
The City owns and manages over 100 miles of fiber optic cable throughout Naperville to support Electric and Water utility functions, Police and Fire functions including radio communications, City buildings, the 95th Street Library and several Park District facilities.
As the demand for broadband and cellular services increases and Internet-aware devices, the City needs to continue to promote long-term internal cost savings and efficiencies by supporting connections for the City’s municipal departments and public facilities, streamlining the city’s traffic and parking and supporting realization of benefits through Smart City and innovations in the Internet of Things (“IoT”) as they continue to develop in the marketplace.
Continued investment in the City-owned fiber network is an endeavor that will support City operations and community needs for the next 30 to 50 years.
What are we doing?
In 2017, the City contracted with Magellan Advisors for a Broadband Evaluation and Plan to:
- identify opportunities within the City that could utilize existing broadband assets (fiber/conduit/poles),
- determine how the City could address growing interest in the City’s public rights-of-way and other assets by wireless carriers for 5G small cell expansion,
- address the opportunity to leverage the City’s broadband assets to include opportunities to deploy Smart City technology, and
- guide the City’s fiber and broadband expansion through a range of partnership opportunities and updates to city policy and ordinances and strategic planning.
This report was delivered in March of 2018.
In May of 2018, the City finalized new City ordinances written to streamline and clarify the processes required to utilize the City rights-of-way.
Throughout 2018, City leadership has met with private sector providers of broadband to gain an understanding of what Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) are possible to further the goals of the City and the private sector providers.
The City understands that its communications needs will continue to grow from where they are today to embrace the future needs of the community. Educational and health care applications, expanded wireless services, surveillance cameras, sensor networks, traffic cabinets, smart light poles, extended Wi-Fi and other connectable IoT devices will all dictate further communications needs that the City will have to consider. To this end and to maximize the City’s current investment, the City intends to:
- Utilize our current network to connect City-supplied water meters to the existing Automated Metering Infrastructure network.
- Issue a Request for Information (RFI) to ask vendors about potential PPPs to expand and improve City services.
- Based upon results of the RFI, issue RFPs to implement specific services.