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About one-third of Longmont businesses within 500 feet of city's fiber-optic lines
[July 21, 2012]

About one-third of Longmont businesses within 500 feet of city's fiber-optic lines


LONGMONT, Jul 21, 2012 (Daily Times-Call - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Nearly 1,300 Longmont businesses are within 500 feet of the city's existing fiber-optic lines, and they likely would be some of the first customers to lease that fiber, once Longmont Power & Communications gets the go-ahead from the City Council to begin leasing it.



The passage of Ballot Measure 2A last November gave LPC the green light to begin offering telecommunication services using the fiber, but just what services those will be remains to be seen, Vince Jordan, the city's telecom manager, told a group of about 25 business people and other interested parties Friday afternoon.

"The staff is working on the rollout plan to bring to City Council," he said. "What we're shooting for is a fall time frame." But as it puts together its business plan, LPC already is starting to establish what it does and does not plan to offer.


For example, the service levels likely will range from 10 megabytes per second on the low end up to one gigabyte on the high end, enough to accommodate residential and commercial customers with as much speed as they will need.

"Will it be synchronous " asked one audience member.

"Synchronous means 300 (megabytes per second) up, 300 down. That's the way we're putting this in," Jordan said.

Jordan said that while LPC will act as the Internet service provider for its customers, it does not plan on hosting services such as email or Voice Over Internet Protocol.

Jordan said LPC has been in regular contact with other cities that have offered their residents and businesses access to city-owned fiber, such as Chattanooga, Tenn., and is learning from their examples.

Ultimate build-out of the city's fiber is likely several years away and will cost in the neighborhood of $50 million, Jordan said. At this point, the only funding source available to develop the fiber is through the city's telecom fund, which customers that already use the fiber, such as Longmont United Hospital and the St. Vrain Valley School District, already pay into.

LPC is exploring other possible funding options, Jordan said, such as grants and bonding, but the main sources of revenue initially will be limited to the telecom fund and revenue from new customers who choose to tap into the fiber, once City Council approves LPC's plans.

In the meantime, potential customers are welcome to contact him, Jordan said, as are any potential partners that might assist in providing services. He can be reached at 303-651-8383 or vince.jordan@ci.longmont.co.us.

Tony Kindelspire can be reached at 303-684-5291 or at tkindelspire@times-call.com.

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