South Fidalgo Bay Fiber Expansion

2023-2028 CFP

Area in dark brown is project area.


PROJECT TITLE: South Fidalgo Bay Fiber Expansion

DEPARTMENT: Administrative Services


JUSTIFICATION: Network Expansion


END DATE (FY): 2024


Continued expansion of fiberoptic network throughout City of Anacortes. Project cost is comprehensive to include expanding core network equipment, designing infrastructure, obtaining construction permits and easements, procuring materials, creating and submitting pole attachment requests, and deploying infrastructure for 100% of premises passed. It also includes performing customer installations including customer premise equipment for 35% of premises passed.


This project is aligned and incorporated into the City's Comprehensive Plan which seeks to increase fiberoptic connectivity as a means of increasing economic development in Anacortes and throughout Skagit County.

The City of Anacortes' Comprehensive Plan (Ordinance 2982 Updating of the Comprehensive Plan under RCW 36.70A.130(5)(b) specifies the importance of broadband fiber infrastructure and this fiberoptic expansion project aligns with the plan's goals and policies:

GOAL ED-1. Balanced Economy.

Foster a balanced, diversified and sustainable local economy that contributes to Anacortes's high quality of life.

- Policy ED-1.14: Provide state of the art broadband infrastructure, including high-capacity fiber optic cable, for business, education, public affairs, and consumer uses.

GOAL CF-1. Support Existing Development and Future Growth.

Provide capital facilities and public services necessary to support existing and new development envisioned in the land use element.

- Policy CF-1.11: Evaluate the feasibility of the City providing broadband services.

A. Conduct a fiber-optic infrastructure feasibility study and business model analysis.

B. Author and work toward implementation of a Broadband Strategic Plan which describes in detail the technology and economic context and outlines the community’s options and intended plan to address its broadband needs.

GOAL U-1. Quality Utility Services.

Facilitate provision of quality utility services throughout Anacortes to meet the needs of residents and businesses.

- Policy U-1.5. Explore options for improving telecommunication services in Anacortes, with high speed internet being a high priority, including potential development of a broadband/ fiber master plan and policies requiring installation of conduit where needed


This project will construct a fiberoptic network along the annexed area near HWY 20 on the east side of the City.

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Operating Impacts

When the backbone construction is complete, City staff will coordinate placing customers into service.