On the Clock: Arlington is First City in Texas to Become SiFi Network’s FiberCity®
By Office of Communication
Posted on September 22, 2021, September 22, 2021

In the latest episode of On the Clock, City Manager Trey Yelverton visits SiFi Networks as the company prepares to deploy its open-access fiber network in every Arlington neighborhood. The American Dream City is the first city in Texas and the largest in the nation to become a FiberCity® with SiFi Networks.

On May 18, 2021, the Arlington City Council unanimously approved an agreement that will allow SiFi Networks access to public right-of-way to build its fiber optic network across the 99-square-mile community. Within the next two years, SiFi Networks is set to begin installing more than 10 million linear feet of fiber through every street. The FiberCity® network, expected to be built out over a five-year period, would then be able to provide a high-speed fiber internet connectivity point to approximately 156,000 residential properties and 16,000 businesses in Arlington.

SiFi Networks, which would own, operate and maintain the fiber network, would contract with Internet Service Providers to provide choice and competitively priced services to residential and business subscribers seeking gigabit internet speeds.

Arlington, one of only eight cities in the country to have achieved What Works Cities Certification at the gold level, is committed to building a more effective, more efficient, and more equitable local government that works for its residents. Having a fiber network will lay the foundation for current and all future Smart City applications to assist the City’s objectives for healthcare, education, environmental needs and public services.

The agreement between SiFi and the City of Arlington will have a lasting impact on the digital divide in the community, Parker said. Sifi believes in levelling socioeconomic barriers by allowing all residents the opportunity to connect to its networks, creating a brighter future for all members of the community by opening the door to better educational resources and greater access to jobs and training.

For more information about Arlington FiberCity®, please visit www.arlingtonfibercity.com.

The American Dream City is the first city in Texas and the largest in the nation to become a FiberCity® with SiFi Networks

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