Over 80 buildings in the downtown area have been connected since launching the project in March of 2017. Data intensive companies are heading to Eugene to take advantage of world class internet speeds. As office space vacancy rates decline, Eugene is beginning to see the positive outcome of this major project on the city's economy and quality of life for residents and businesses in downtown.
Concerns remain as with all municipal open access fiber initiatives, which hinge largely on tax dollars and Federal grants to support the implementation and maintenance of these city owned lines. That said, the results of the EUGnet project are promising - there is new life coming to the downtown and companies bringing jobs to the area. With emerging tech and the increasing demand for high availability, connectivity and speed, Eugene has put themselves on the map as a magnet for startups and companies looking to expand.