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Sandy is nationwide example of city owned Internet

| Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 10, 2015 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

KOIN TV, July 10, 2015

SANDY, Ore. — The city of Sandy is providing city owned, high speed Internet to its residents. It’s something many cities are considering and something that has been a financial disaster for others.  In Sandy, officials said the investment is already paying off. Construction and hookups are expected to be completed this summer.


The city of Sandy now offers the 1-gig, high speed Internet to all of its residents on the city owned system.  “It literally shows up on your water bill, right along with your storm water and sewer bill,” said Knapp.


Knapp and other city officials have traveled the country to tell other cities how they got it done. The Institute for Local Self-Reliance made a video touting Sandy’s work.   Hillsboro is also looking into a city owned high speed Internet system. Officials there are still researching, but plan to provide more information to their city council later this summer.

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