Yes – we’re in good company! In 2017, Longmont became Colorado’s first “Gig” city in the country. Ft. Collins and Loveland are also implementing their own network.
For additional perspective, more communities than ever are embracing building their own broadband networks as an alternative to private-sector providers. More than 750 communities across the United States have embraced operating their own broadband network, are served by local rural electric cooperatives, or have made at least some portion of a local fiber network publicly available. These networks have sprung up across the nation as a direct reflection of the country’s growing frustration with sub-par broadband speeds, high prices, and poor customer service.
According to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a nonprofit that advocates for local economies, there’s now 55 municipal networks serving 108 communities with a publicly owned fiber-to-the-home Internet network.
Source: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/a3np4a/new-municipal-broadband-map, Jan 23, 2018.Back to Blog