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!
Construction Plans & Progress
Identification of Crews and Personnel
All personnel associated with the City of Longmont broadband construction project have City of Longmont picture ID badges. When interacting with workers or other individuals before, during, or after construction in your area, you may ask to see an ID badge at any time.
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.
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
Construction has begun in Phase 1. Throughout the project, you may see may see individuals in safety vests walking down streets and through alleys as they inspect existing overhead and underground infrastructure in the area. You may also see workers using machinery to dig, bore, and trench for underground work, and in bucket trucks or on electric poles for overhead work. Contractors will have City I.Ds. Have questions or concerns? Please call us at 303.651.8386 or email us at email@example.com
The link below shows where construction is taking place and will be updated as construction moves through Phase 1.
Click here to view a map of Phase 1A and Phase 1B
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, 2014 - Hutchinson, 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, 2014 - Longmont 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, 2014 - Last 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:
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.
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.