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Rooted in Community: What is Highlands Fiber Network (HFN)?

By April 7, 2021Connections
What is HFN?

Community-Owned Fiber to the Home

Purpose

Highlands Fiber Network (HFN) manages the Issaquah Highlands fiber-optic network, a 100% community-owned fiber network. HFN is a state-of-the-art fiber network providing data, voice, and other advanced communications services to the community. The HFN Board of Directors and GigabitNow (HFN’s operator and internet service provider) work together to shape the network and find the best ways to meet the communication needs of the Issaquah Highlands community.

Benefits

  • Provides Issaquah Highlands residences and businesses with gigabit fiber internet services
  • Fast, reliable, secure fiber internet connectivity, with gigabit speeds
  • Symmetrical download and upload speeds that give you fast, reliable connections
  • No bandwidth caps, no throttling – just fast fiber internet
  • Low-cost telephone service for homes and businesses

Structure

HFN is governed by a volunteer board of directors, made up of homeowners, GigabitNow representatives, and the HFN general manager.

HFN payments are not part of your homeowner’s association dues or other community payments. There is a $250 connection fee required at closing and a minimum required monthly Periodic Fee is billed monthly after closing. Plan upgrades and other services are available at an additional cost.

Issaquah Highlands homes and buildings that are part of the Covenant for Community are required to take a minimum level of HFN service. Non-covenant homes can subscribe to HFN services; however, they must join the Covenant for Community to receive gigabit service.

Vicki Grunewald is the Highlands Council media editor and a Harrison Street resident. 

This article is part of a series from the Spring 2021 issue of Connections. Read the full “Rooted in Community” feature story in Spring 2021 Connections >> 

Learn more about your Issaquah Highlands organizations and speak with staff and volunteers at our upcoming Resident Information Night on April 13, 2021! Pre-register online here >>