Fiber Network Solutions

At Sherpa Fiber, we have closely watched Gigabit or near Gigabit networks that have been or are being built in other markets. In our opinion, it isn’t a matter of whether or not a municipality or carrier can build out a Gigabit fiber network on their own since both groups have proven it can be done. To us, it is that it can be done more quickly, flexibly, and cost effectively with Sherpa Fiber. We have combined elements we liked from various Gigabit to the Home projects and added some additional strategic components to create Sherpa Fiber’s business model. This model results in faster network roll outs, 100% open network access to providers, and a more economically feasible solution.

How we help different groups

City Management Benefits

  • Full control of network - We offer dark or lit fiber service to municipalities. Either way you receive dedicated (not shared by other users) strands of fiber and have complete control of how they are utilized.
  • Freedom of choice - Sherpa Fiber provides the fiber ring that connects the municipality's buildings, and the city can connect to any internet service provider in the market. Plus, due to our model, over time your community should see an increase in providers to choose from.
  • Dynamic network - Since you have full control of the fibers you lease, you decide how fast you want to go. Want a 1 Gigabit wide area network (WAN) connecting your buildings today and a 10 Gigabit network next year? No problem. Just make the appropriate equipment upgrades in your network, and you are all set.
  • Future proofing - How fast will you need your WAN to be in 5 years, 10 years or beyond? With technology changing so quickly, it is probably difficult to forecast. With Sherpa Fiber, you do not have to worry. You will have the fiber to grow and scale as necessary.
  • Security - Since municipalities have dedicated fiber strands that are not shared by other users, the city government's fiber is inherently more secure. Security is critical especially with newer technologies like Internet of Things (IoT) and increased risks to city infrastructure.
  • Lower cost - Oftentimes Sherpa Fiber's solution actually costs less per month than traditional solutions even with the added benefits mentioned above. Even when that is not the case, the added benefits of having a 100% open access fiber ring more than makes up for the additional cost.
  • Smart City -With Sherpa Fiber, municipalities can unlock new technologies to better manage traffic cameras, water meters, street lights, traffic management, as well as emergency and disaster response initiatives.
  • Market share - Stop losing market share to other communities with better internet infrastructure.
  • Attract and retain younger generations - In order for communities to thrive, attracting and retaining younger generations is a must. These generations do not consider internet infrastructure as something nice to have. It is becoming a requirement.
  • Attract new employers - There are a number of criteria companies and site selection consultants factor into a decision of where to locate or expand operations. Robust internet infrastructure is going to become even more important as newer technologies continue to be created. A Sherpa Fiber fiber ring is one more tool in your Economic Development toolbox.

Advantages for Carriers and Service Providers

  • Lower costs to enter markets - Unless your company has a lot of cash or very patient investors, building entire fiber networks in new markets does not make sense for a lot of providers. Sherpa Fiber removes that obstacle and builds the core network for you.
  • Roll out to multiple markets for the same price - Rather than spending "X" dollars to build your own fiber network, you can spend a fraction of that to enter Sherpa Fiber markets by leasing bundles of fiber. If your company spends 1/10 as much per market, that means 10x the number of markets for the same expense, which means more customer passes per dollar, and ultimately more profit.
  • Reduced business case requirements - In our years in the industry, one of the most frustrating things is trying to obtain enough customer demand at the same time to gain approval to build fiber in a certain area of a town or a new market. With Sherpa Fiber's flexible pricing options, carriers and service providers can start small and then increase the fiber count they lease from us. We provide an easy solution to grow into a market with lower upfront customer demand requirements.
  • Shift from CAPEX to OPEX - For many service providers, the single biggest barrier to them growing is the lack of access to capital. Building fiber networks from scratch is costly, and that is where we can help. Sherpa Fiber has access to the capital necessary to build the fiber ring backbone, and service providers can then shift their costs to monthly operating expenses and preserve precious capital.
  • Not a competitor - Sure your company can probably lease fiber from other carriers already built into a market, but you are essentially leasing from the very companies you are then competing against. It makes far more sense to lease from Sherpa Fiber who does not compete with you for commercial or residential customers.

Benefits to Business and Residential Customers

Although Sherpa Fiber does not service commercial or home users directly, you definitely want us in your market. We are the quickest and easiest path for you to obtain faster internet service and access to more service providers. Our role is to build a ring of fiber that goes through your community, and then service providers lease fiber from us and extend this fiber to your business or home. Due to our business model, we can lease fiber to these service providers more cost-effectively than they can build it. That means it is easier for them to enter your town and start serving you.

“The current gap in home broadband access has serious consequences for people’s well-being, employment opportunities, and educational success.”

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Office of Policy Development and Research