PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The City of Hillsboro on Wednesday announced they are introducing a new high-speed internet service called HiLight. 

The city hopes the affordable service will build community and create opportunity. The first connections will be made in areas that have the most significant need — South Hillsboro and the Shute Park/ Southwest Hillsboro neighborhood. 

Mayor Steve Callaway says the service reinforces the city’s priority to equity. Schools will also benefit, and are expected to save $5 million over the next 10 years. All 47 schools will be connected by next spring. 

“I am so pleased that we are rolling this out for our school district as well,” Callaway tells KOIN 6 News.

Callaway says the rollout will happen in multiple phases for the rest of the city. 

“I’m so proud as Mayor that our city is doing this. When we think of a full-service city, like police, fire, water, parks & rec, this is one more way we are able to provide an essential service,” he says.