In 1972, the City of Fort Pierce created and made a utility authority a part of the government to be known and designated as Fort Pierce Utilities Authority (FPUA). It is responsible for the development, production, purchase and distribution of electricity, gas, water, sanitary sewer collection and disposal, and other utility services designated by the City Commission.
FPUAnet is a local SMART City Internet Service Provider bringing fiber internet, smart city services and smart grid solutions to Fort Pierce. Since the early 2000s, FPUA has deployed 125 miles of optical fiber via its FPUAnet Communications division.
Initially, the project focused on bringing ultra-fast broadband to large businesses, schools, hospitals and other community anchor institutions. In 2018, the FPUAnet decided to expand its footprint to boost the local economy and transform the City into a SMART City.