Fiber Feasibility Study

Project Background

In an effort to improve access to reliable, available, and affordable high-speed broadband internet services, City of Whitehouse officials determined the need for a Broadband Improvement Initiative and that a Feasibility Study should be conducted. This initiative and study will be used to identify the broadband needs and gaps within the City and ultimately provide potential projects which can be implemented through federal grant programs and partnerships. Concluding the study, the selected project(s) can be designed and implemented improving broadband service options and facilitating digital equity throughout the community. The City has contracted CobbFendley to conduct the study and preliminary engineering in support of the proposed Broadband project(s) with the goal of providing reliable, available, and affordable high-speed broadband internet throughout the City of Whitehouse.

About CobbFendley

Through more than 40 years of providing consulting services to the municipal and private sectors, CobbFendley is a civil engineering and surveying firm with expertise in providing planning and design services related to communications infrastructure. Across CobbFendley’s Texas locations, they currently employ over 130 fiber/broadband and utility professionals as well as more than 80 municipal and transportation/traffic infrastructure professionals who are familiar with municipalities similar to the City of Whitehouse. Located in the Houston Office, Melissa Beaudry, will serve as the Project Manager and main point of contact for this study. In that role Melissa and the CobbFendley team will ensure that the appropriate resources are dedicated for this program from beginning to end.

Preliminary Design Presentation

The consulting team from CobbFendley presented their preliminary report to the City Council on Apr. 26. The report included the survey results from 440 Whitehouse residents that echo the frustrations felt across the community when it comes to internet connectivity. 

Approximately 74% of respondents reviewed internet service provider options negatively, and approximately 75% of respondents reviewed pricing options negatively. CobbFendley continues to work toward preparing a final report to the present to the City Council in May. You can view their presentation.
  1. Leslie Black

    City Manager