Vinton Municipal Utilities (VMU) has reached an important milestone in their efforts to explore a municipal fiber utility.
At a special Board of Trustees meeting on August 16th, Vinton approved a motion to hire FARR Technologies to conduct engineering and design of the fiber network and to prepare plans and specifications to seek construction bids. The design work will be completed around December 1st and Vinton is hoping to get bids on the project in December and January.
88% of Vinton voters approved a municipal telecom referendum in November 2015. After FARR completed a feasibility study in 2017, VMU continued their due diligence by conducting a community-wide survey and issuing an RFI for possble partners. Those efforts reinforced the feasibility study's showing that a project in Vinton is feasible. The preliminary cost estimate for a GPON FTTH network in Vinton was $8.9 million.
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