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The Holland Board of Public Works 2016 Annual Report


Connectivity for Community

Higher internet speeds could be coming your way. The technology team at Holland Board of Public Works is taking leaps towards bringing fast, reliable internet to downtown Holland. Read about how HBPW is working to expand fiber and about local businesses' fiber experience below.

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Growing the Fiber Footprint

Fiber internet could be the next utility offered by the Holland Board of Public Works. And recently, HBPW prepared an intensive business plan evaluating doing just that. The operation is looking to grow in two ways: 1) expanding the physical fiber network and 2) offering these services through what’s called a “fiber-to-the-premises” network or FTTP. This would allow HBPW to serve as a home internet service provider (ISP).

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Leading Technology

When Becky Lehman started with the Holland Board of Public Works 17 years ago, she didn’t realize she would be at the forefront of introducing fiber internet as a utility. She began with the BPW as an Accounting System Specialist and has since advanced to Technology Director. She recently advanced her education, earning her MBA from Cornerstone University. Becky wasn’t always planning on going into utility, but she wanted to have an impact on the community.

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Most Valued Innovators

This summer a group of seven local high school students were presented with a question: “How can Holland Board of Public Works market broadband services to residential customers?” The group was a part of IChallengeU, an intensive two-week onsite learning partnership between area businesses and OAISD. The partnership creates an opportunity for students to offer solutions to real business problems.

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Fairly Fast Fiber

Video is big. With the newest commercial production cameras shooting at 6K resolution, the size for video files is climbing and surpassing a whopping 1 terabyte per hour of footage. To put that into perspective, that’s about 285,000 mp3 files. It takes a lot of time to move that kind of data.

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Coffee & Connectivity

Matthew Scott was traveling with his band performing at local venues, when he thought of a business opportunity. The band performed at coffee shop after coffee shop, and each had one shortcoming in common: they were either really good at being a venue or really good at being a coffee shop. Matthew saw the gap and started a business plan to solve the problem.

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