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We voted, and said, ‘Yes. Bring on the broadband.’ Now what?
In 2015, more than 82 percent of participating Loveland voters said yes to restoring local authority to the City of Loveland to provide high speed Internet directly or indirectly with public and/or private sector partners to residents, businesses, schools, libraries, health care facilities, nonprofit entities and other users within the City of Loveland. A lot has happened since then. You can see a timeline here. Now through early fall 2018, the City is in the information-gathering phase. We are working to determine the design build out of the broadband network, financing packages and diving deeper into the business model. Stay tuned for more information and ways you can connect to learn and ask questions about what is happening. For a full history of city council records, head to the Loveland Broadband History tab.
Just what is ‘broadband?’
You keep talking about the benefit of high-speed Internet. What is available in Loveland now and what would broadband add?
Why is broadband so important to us? What’s the real advantage?
Ultra-high Internet connection speeds offer lots of benefits. In short, any person, business, or institution that needs to connect now would have the ability. Here are some specific ways that Loveland would benefit:
Community: Broadband connectivity across Loveland - in our libraries, city offices, the police department, parks and recreation areas and other public buildings - will further the vital mission of these organizations in our community.
Education: All students across Loveland can do homework, research and access resources faster - from school, public institutions, and from home to support traditional and distance learning.
Health: Patients young and old get can get real-time healthcare when they need it most.
Economic Development & Business: Primary employers, start-ups, and businesses across all industries can stay ahead of business needs with high-capacity data transfers, high-definition video conferencing, or online communication and sharing services. Loveland can also attract a high-quality workforce - both those working in-office or from home.
Home: Families can connect multiple devices for school, work and entertainment on-demand and glitch-free.
Why is the City even considering this? I am happy with my Internet.
The City strives to be an ideal location for ALL people to live, work, and play. Bringing high-speed broadband Internet to Loveland as a municipal service to our homes, schools, hospitals, libraries, and businesses will strengthen our city and allow everyone in our community to benefit. Why now? Communities across Colorado’s Front Range and our neighbors around northern Colorado have already begun the steps to launch municipal broadband services, or are considering it. If we don’t pursue this now, we could get left behind.
If you are happy with your current Internet provider, there would be no obligation to change, but you would still reap the benefits of broadband through the community.
Why is the City considering this option now?
OK. Let’s say we do this. How much will it cost customers?
How will this project be paid for?
Based on the current high-level business plan, ALL COSTS for broadband would be paid for by those who subscribe to the service once available. Here is a chart:
Who would provide this service? The City?
There are currently four options available and outlined below. The Broadband Task Force recommended that the City pursue possible models for options 2 and 3. Over the next 4-6 months, the City will finalize a business plan to support its final recommendation and the specific model will be finalized this fall if the City moves forward with the broadband buildout.
What is Municipal Broadband?
If Loveland moves forward with Broadband, what can we expect regarding construction and impact on residents
What would be the service area? Just the City of Loveland?
Have you prioritized areas in the city that would get service first?