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)