Hillsboro’s HiLight Internet service is years ahead of schedule
Half of Hillsboro residents will have access by 2024-25
HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) – When Hillsboro officials first announced with the city-owned high-speed internet service in 2019, they thought it would take around 10 years to roll out. Now, they’ve said half of all addresses in Hillsboro will have HiLight access between 2024-25.
The service was first launched to around 800 neighbors about a year ago. But officials have updated their plan to speed up the process. HiLight officials plan to complete the rollout by 2027.
Hi-Light offers city residents 1 gigabit per second for $ 55 per month. Residents eligible for Low Income Assistance can purchase it for as little as $ 10 per month.
Originally, the city of Hillsboro planned to spend between $ 28 million and $ 32 million on the deployment. They now plan to spend an additional $ 17million than that after securing an additional $ 14million from the Gain Share Program and $ 3 million from the federal government American rescue plan.
And when it is finally finished, all 38,000 households in Hillsboro are expected to have access to this Internet.