City of Mont Belvieu

Groundbreaking Fiber to the Home Deployment in Texas

City of Mont Belvieu

Groundbreaking Fiber to the Home Deployment in Texas

The City of Mont Belvieu’s heritage is built on the oil and gas industry, processing nearly 85% of the natural gas liquids in the US. Major oil and gas companies employ a significant amount of Mont Belvieu’s workforce. For years, residents and businesses of Mont Belvieu, a suburb only 30 miles from Houston, have struggled with slow, unreliable internet and limited choices from existing providers. While Houston received large investments from providers to bring faster speeds and more options to the market, Mont Belvieu continued to struggle with limited options.

Project Information

Industry Sector

Turnkey Implementation

Client

City of Mont Belvieu

State

Texas

Challenge

After many attempts to persuade local providers to upgrade networks to support higher speeds and better reliability, the City realized that it needed to take action directly in order to secure its place in the digital economy. The City made the decision to deliver high-speed Internet to the community directly. The challenge the City faced was how to build, launch and manage a broadband business without the core expertise from day 1. Mont Belvieu needed a partner that could provide a turnkey solution to engineer, construct and launch what would become one of the, fastest most advanced broadband networks in Texas.

Solution

To implement the network, the City hired Magellan to engineer, construct and launch the fiber to the home network. Magellan provided a dedicated team of broadband experts that provided a turnkey solution to manage all facets of design, construction, operations and support for Mont Belvieu’s broadband business, including: Business & financial planning, Fiber to the home design engineering, Construction management, Sales and marketing integration, Internet and backhaul procurement.

Construction of the network was completed on time and under budget, allowing Mont Belvieu to launch services to the community based on its original commitments. 

Success

MBLink, Mont Belvieu’s consumer brand, now provides Gigabit Internet to homes and businesses throughout the City, touting some of the fastest speeds in the State of Texas. And, MB Link’s internet service is less expenive than most national providers, with no data caps. For $75 per month, residents are provided 1 Gigabit Internet and an in-home gigabit gateway router. Demand for service has been significant in the first year of the network and MBLink is surpassing its original uptake forecasts.

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