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LONGMONT IS BUILDING A GIGABIT CITY

Longmont’s voters approved funding for the full development of the City’s fiber optic broadband network. We would like to thank the community for supporting this move toward a future filled
with progress and opportunity. As a true gigabit city, we are and will be positioned to be a leader

in digital communications and a global information hub. We are lighting tomorrow, today.

 

Project Milestones

The timeline below shows the major milestones required to complete the build-out of the fiber optic broadband network. This is an image of a fiber optic cable. Want to know more about broadband or how fiber optic cables work? Click here!

 

Broadband Timeline

 

 

Construction Plans & Progress

Network Construction: Includes the installation of underground and overhead infrastructure (fiber, conduits, and network equipment) required for the city-wide fiber optic system.  The map below depicts the boundaries and approximate timing of the network build-out. As network construction is completed and service becomes available, the map will be updated.

Customer Service Drop Installation: This is the installation of underground and overhead fiber infrastructure from the network to individual homes and businesses.  Installation construction will occur in rights-of-ways, easements, and on residential and business properties for those customers who sign up for service. LPC will use the most appropriate and effective methods available to minimize the impact to its customers and manage costs.

 

Phase map

Dates and timing of construction for each phase is approximate and is subject to change due to severe weather and area specific construction requirements.

Click to view detailed phase map

Phase 1 Progress

As part of the pre-construction process the public may see individuals in safety vests walking down streets and through alleys as they inspect existing overhead and underground infrastructure in the area. Contractors will have City I.Ds. Have questions or concerns? Please call us at 303.651.8386 or email us at lpc@ci.longmont.co.us

 

Service Availability

Currently we are working through the initial stages of designing and planning the network build-out and the related customer care systems.  Although we are not installing new commercial and residential customers at this time; later this year we will open up pre-registration for services in Phase 1. We will promptly notify the community as the opportunity to sign-up and connect becomes available.

 

In the News

July 14, 2014 - TCS picked to to build Longmont fiber rollout details

June 8, 2014 - Bids to bid fiber roll out opens June 16 details

March 7, 2014 - Fort Collins eyes starting own speedy 'Net service details

March 3, 2014 - Longmont Fiber: While construction's still months away, things are busy behind the scenes details

Click here to see all Broadband related news articles

 

Broadband Project Updates

July 14, 2014 -  LPC has selected TCS Communications, LLC to begin construction on the city’s new fiber to the premises (FTTP) network. Once complete, the network will be available to every home and business in Longmont, and will provide internet services at speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second. Longmont is the first city in Colorado to deploy this type of municipally owned system. Click here to read the full press release.

April 15, 2014Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley & Co. does not have retail sales staff but if individuals are interested in purchasing the bonds they should contact their respective financial advisor or stockbroker. Bonds are sold in denominations of $5,000 or multiples thereof.

April 8, 2014 -  The Electric and Broadband Utility Enterprise Revenue Bonds have been sold and proceeds will be used for funding of the fiber optic network expansion. Investment firms nationwide responded favorably once the bonds were put up for sale, resulting in a desirable interest rate for the City. The lowest bidder was Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley & Co of Chicago. Click here to read the full press release.

February 21, 2014 LPC has selected Uptown Services, LLC as the engineering firm to begin designing the fiber network build-out. This firm will be responsible for planning the layout, location, and needs of the entire system.

February 6, 2014Longmont Power & Communications has begun implementing software that will manage the city-wide fiber network build-out. This software will enable the organization to map the network as it expands.

January 30, 2014Last September, Longmont received the Community Broadband Fiber Network of the Year award from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. This award honors exceptional efforts to bring the benefits of broadband technology to American communities.

This award is currently on display at the Longmont Civic Center, 350 Kimbark St. Stop by to view the award if you're in the area. Click here to learn more about the award.

January 7, 2014 - Second reading and public hearing for the 2014 broadband budget appropriation. This passeed 7-0. LPC will continue to provide updates on project status.

November 21, 2013 - Longmont Power & Communications is accepting Proposals from firms to design the expansion of the Broadband fiber to the premis network throughout the Longmont. Proposals are excepted until December 19, 2013.

November 5, 2013 - The City of Longmont is holding a Regular Municipal Election on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. Included in the election will be ballot question 2B: Revenue Bond Funding for Broadband Network Expansion. The election is being conducted as a coordinated mail ballot election with Boulder and Weld Counties. http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_clerk/election/ballot.htm

To view the results of the election, you can check the Boulder County website http://www.bouldercounty.org/elections/results/pages/default.aspx

September 19, 2013 - Longmont has received the Community Broadband Fiber Network of the Year award from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. This award honors exceptional efforts to bring the benefits of broadband technology to American communities. Click here to learn more about the award.

September 18, 2013 - Revenue Funding for Broadband Network Expansion Ballot Question 2B brochure is available. Click the link to download it and get all the facts, pros and cons about the question. http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/home_lpc/documents/ballotbrochure_web2.pdf

July 23, 2013 - City Council directed staff to include broadband funding through revenue bonds on the ballot in the November 5th citywide election. The high-speed fiber optic network is designed to serve every Longmont residence and business.

July 22, 2013 - Tomorrow evening, Tuesday, July 23rd at 7:00pm City of Longmont staff will be presenting Broadband Financing options to the City Council. Public is invited and welcome to attend. For additional information, please refer to the City website:

http://webapp.ci.longmont.co.us/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=181&doctype=AGENDA

The meeting takes place at the Civic Center at 350 Kimbark.

May 17, 2013 - At Tuesday’s City Council Study Session, LPC staff and the City’s consultant, Uptown Services, presented the Council with a feasibility study and options for next steps to providing City-owned broadband services. The presentation included details on market research that quantified the kinds of services potential Longmont customers are seeking and how much they would pay for services. It also included recommendations for project timing and detailed infrastructure design elements.

Council members directed staff to continue pursuing network deployment and to work with the City’s Finance Director to pursue financing options.

Click below to view:

  • Video of the May 14 City Council meeting - details
  • A copy of the Council Communication developed for meeting - details
  • A copy of the feasibility study - details
  • Press coverage of the meeting - details
 

May 8, 2013 - At the May14th Longmont City Council Meeting, we will be presenting a feasibility study and options for next steps towards a potential city-wide fiber buildout to Mayor Coombs and the Council.

We encourage all interested residents and business owners to attend this meeting. It will be held at the Longmont Civic Center, 350 Kimbark Avenue, at 7pm. It can also be viewed live on Longmont’s TV8 either online or through your television.

May 7, 2013- Read the Time's Call article on Longmont's Broadband Services.

April 18, 2013 - To inquire about LPC's commercial broadband systems, click here to contact Vince Jordan, Broadband Services Manager at Longmont Power & Communcations. Be sure to include "Please Contact Me" in the subject of your message.


February 27, 2013 - New media articles on municipal broadband efforts and City of Longmont broadband services has been published this week. To view the coverage, click here.

February 8, 2013- Last night LPC Broadband Services Manager Vince Jordan gave a presentation at the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center titled "Broadband and Beyond" Click here to read Times Call coverage of the presentation.

January 4, 2013 - As part of its business plan, Longmont Power & Communications is in preparation to begin providing services to businesses and residents that are adjacent to the City's fiber infrastructure.

Currently, LPC staff has identified 1,280 businesses that are within 500 feet or less of the existing fiber network. The proximity of these businesses to the network makes them strong candidates for the initial provision of broadband services, including Internet connections. Per City Council Ordinance O-2012-14.48, the costs of service extensions to these businesses are the customer's responsibility.

The potential for early delivery of broadband service to residents is also dependent on their proximity to the fiber network and LPC staff is identifying concentrations of residences near existing infrastructure. As with business customers, any costs related to service extensions to homes would be the responsibility of the customer.

December 26, 2012 – Longmont Power & Communications Broadband Services Division has contracted with Uptown Services, a Colorado based consultant with extensive experience in municipal broadband projects. Uptown Services is contributing to the development of a business plan for City-wide use of Longmont’s fiber infrastructure. The plan options are expected to be presented to City Council in the Spring of 2013.

December 12, 2012 – Longmont Power & Communications Broadband Services has posted a job opening for a Senior Network Specialist. This position will perform a wide variety of tasks including the analysis, testing, design, installation, and maintenance of hardware and software systems to support broadband services. Applications for the position will be accepted until December 21st. To learn more, visit the City of Longmont’s website by clicking here.

November 14, 2012 - Following a second reading and public hearing, Longmont City Council voted 7 to 0 to pass an ordinance allowing Longmont Power & Communications (LPC) to set broadband rates and offer services through its fiber optic network.


Ordinance O-2012 amends title 14 chapter 14.48 of the Longmont Municipal Code. It allows LPC to continue to make better use of city owned infrastructure and ensure that the Longmont community has access to leading edge communications technology through broadband services.


Immediately following the adoption of the ordinance, LPC began working to set rates for use of the network by both businesses and residents. At this time, customers will need to be located adjacent to the fiber network and willing to pay their costs to interconnect.


LPC has also closed out the first stage deployment of equipment required to use the network. Electronics that are now in place include a fiber switch, a fiber management system, and back haul that facilitates connectivity to the Internet.

View a full copy of Ordinance O-2012 (Adobe pdf 13 kb)

View a full copy of the Council Communication related to the ordinance (Adobe pdf 117kb)

 

 

Customers with further questions about Longmont Broadband Services or about leasing fiber extensions or collocation facilities should call LPC at 303-651-8383 during business hours.

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