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Hillsboro Moves Forward with Partnership to Connect District Schools and Classrooms

Post Date:02/19/2019 8:00 pm

The City of Hillsboro is moving forward to help connect schools to faster, more reliable internet through a partnership with the Hillsboro School District (HSD). 

The partnership between the City of Hillsboro and the Hillsboro School District will support students and neighbors by providing fast and reliable internet connectivity.

The two partners have committed to working together to connect all HSD schools to a shared fiber network by spring 2020. 

On February 19, the City Council approved an investment of approximately $3.3 million for the network’s construction to complement funding from HSD's 2017 Capital Construction Bond

The shared network will not only connect schools, it will also serve as the primary infrastructure for the City’s upcoming high-speed internet service.

Both the City and the School District will realize significant long-term savings through joint design and installation, which will eliminate the need for duplicate construction.

The partnership has the potential to save the School District as much as $5 million over the next 10 years as the City manages, monitors, and maintains the network at no cost to the School District. The City estimates long-term savings of up to $10 million.

In addition to cost-savings, the partnership reflects a long history of the School District and the City working together do what is best for the community.

“This is the ultimate community partnership,” said Mayor Steve Callaway. “Our local school district and our local government understand the needs of our students and our neighbors, and this will help us move forward with the long-term buildout of the City’s fiber network to serve families throughout the community.”

In the spring of 2018, the City made a long-term commitment to connect everyone in Hillsboro by providing affordable high-speed internet as a municipal service.

The City’s internet service will launch next winter. The earliest service will start in South Hillsboro, followed by the Shute Park/Southwest Hillsboro neighborhood.

Learn more about the City’s affordable high-speed internet service.

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