Loveland Broadband

On November 6, 2018, Loveland City Council approved a community-driven and city-owned fiber-optic broadband network.

Over the next 3-4 years, the broadband network, which will provide high-speed internet to residents, will be built out in front of every home and business within the City of Loveland. Residents will have the option to subscribe to the city's broadband service, or stay with their current providers.

This page provides you with the most current information available. Stay up to speed on this project and register to receive email updates.

How does fiber-optic differ from other technology? Check out this network comparison.


On November 6, 2018, Loveland City Council approved a community-driven and city-owned fiber-optic broadband network.

Over the next 3-4 years, the broadband network, which will provide high-speed internet to residents, will be built out in front of every home and business within the City of Loveland. Residents will have the option to subscribe to the city's broadband service, or stay with their current providers.

This page provides you with the most current information available. Stay up to speed on this project and register to receive email updates.

How does fiber-optic differ from other technology? Check out this network comparison.


  • Loveland City Council Approves Broadband Bonding Package

    2 days ago

    Loveland City Council approved a broadband bond package last night allowing the newly created Electric and Communication Enterprise to issue and sell $97 million in bonds to finance the construction of the City’s broadband system. The City selected J.P. Morgan as the senior managing underwriter for the broadband project in August 2018 through an RFP process.

    The bonding process takes approximately 60 days from the first reading of the bond ordinance, which took place on Dec. 18, 2018. Minibonds will not be included in initial issuance but will be evaluated for later financing stages.

    The new citywide broadband network will...

    Loveland City Council approved a broadband bond package last night allowing the newly created Electric and Communication Enterprise to issue and sell $97 million in bonds to finance the construction of the City’s broadband system. The City selected J.P. Morgan as the senior managing underwriter for the broadband project in August 2018 through an RFP process.

    The bonding process takes approximately 60 days from the first reading of the bond ordinance, which took place on Dec. 18, 2018. Minibonds will not be included in initial issuance but will be evaluated for later financing stages.

    The new citywide broadband network will make fiber-optic internet service available to every home, business and school in Loveland. The full network build-out is estimated to take approximately three to four years once construction begins. Service to the first broadband customers will happen as areas are built out and service becomes available. As another internet service provider choice, Loveland Broadband will provide the community access to light-speed internet at affordable prices.

    With financing secured, the broadband team is moving forward with critical steps including developing plans, processes and systems; hiring and onboarding key staff roles in engineering, operations, sales and marketing; finalizing the fiber-optic network design; setting-up facilities; developing the broadband brand and building a local call center.

    The City’s first broadband staffing announcement came in December as Brieana Reed-Harmel was named municipal fiber manager after leading the broadband project since June 2016 as project manager.

    Loveland City Council approved a community-driven and city-owned fiber-optic broadband network in November 2018. Additional details, other news and broadband archives are available at cityofloveland.org/Broadband, by email at broadband@cityofloveland.org or by telephone, 970-962-2010.


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  • Reed-Harmel will lead new broadband division

    16 days ago
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    Brieana Reed-Harmel, who has managed the City’s broadband initiative since June 2016, has been selected to head a new Loveland Water and Power division formed to carry the project forward.

    As Division Manager of the High-Speed Fiber Enterprise, Reed-Harmel will manage construction and operation of a citywide network that will make fiber-optic internet service available to every home, business and school in Loveland.

    The City Council in November passed a measure endorsing the broadband network, and on Dec. 18 approved on first reading the issuance of utility enterprise bonds to raise $97 million to fund it. Second reading for the...

    Brieana Reed-Harmel, who has managed the City’s broadband initiative since June 2016, has been selected to head a new Loveland Water and Power division formed to carry the project forward.

    As Division Manager of the High-Speed Fiber Enterprise, Reed-Harmel will manage construction and operation of a citywide network that will make fiber-optic internet service available to every home, business and school in Loveland.

    The City Council in November passed a measure endorsing the broadband network, and on Dec. 18 approved on first reading the issuance of utility enterprise bonds to raise $97 million to fund it. Second reading for the bond measure will be Jan. 15.

    Nearly three years of research by the city’s broadband team and consultants has shown that sufficient demand exists in Loveland for the network to be fully funded by subscribers.

    Reed-Harmel joined the City’s Water and Power Department in May 2012 as an electrical engineer, and was promoted the same year to Senior Electrical Engineer. City Manager Steve Adams in June 2016 named her as manager of the broadband project. Since that time, Reed-Harmel has led presentations on the broadband topic at 17 City Council meetings.

    Construction on the network that is being designed by Nokia of America will begin in 2019 with a three- to four-year timetable for completion. Reed-Harmel’s appointment, announced by Water and Power Director Joe Bernosky, will be followed by additional hiring as the broadband enterprise develops.

  • Loveland City Council Approves Broadband Utility

    15 days ago

    LOVELAND, Nov. 6, 2018 – The Loveland City Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution establishing a City-owned retail broadband utility with regional collaboration, and then acted to direct city staff to secure financing instruments to build and operate a broadband network. The 7-1 vote had Council members Richard Ball, Leah Johnson, Dave Clark, John Fogle, Steve Olson, Don Overcash and Kathi Wright supporting the measure, with Mayor Jacki Marsh opposed. Councilor Jeremy Jersvig abstained.

    The resolution provides that the City will build, own and operate its own broadband network and will seek collaboration with regional partners such as Fort Collins...

    LOVELAND, Nov. 6, 2018 – The Loveland City Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution establishing a City-owned retail broadband utility with regional collaboration, and then acted to direct city staff to secure financing instruments to build and operate a broadband network. The 7-1 vote had Council members Richard Ball, Leah Johnson, Dave Clark, John Fogle, Steve Olson, Don Overcash and Kathi Wright supporting the measure, with Mayor Jacki Marsh opposed. Councilor Jeremy Jersvig abstained.

    The resolution provides that the City will build, own and operate its own broadband network and will seek collaboration with regional partners such as Fort Collins and Longmont to share resources to save time and money. Ordinances pertaining to bond issuance, operating structure and governance will be prepared for review at future meetings. The bonding process will take 60 days following approval of the bond issuance ordinance and network construction is estimated to take three years to complete.

    Councilors on Oct. 23 received updates on a series of measures they had approved Feb. 6 including the broadband business plan, financing package and results from an eight-month community education and outreach effort. They also received a unanimous recommendation from the Loveland Communications Advisory Board (LCAB), an advisory board on all issues and matters related to communications services, to move forward with the broadband project.

    During the Oct. 23 meeting City Council voted 5-4 to refer the issue to voters in a special election. They also requested that City staff reevaluate key issues relating to the municipal broadband initiative in advance of the Nov. 6 meeting, including:

    • Issues related to competition between a government utility and the private sector.

    • Eventual use of surplus revenues.

    • Interaction of the Loveland broadband utility with neighboring municipal broadband utilities.

    • Steps to mitigate risk.

    • Best practices in delegation of authority.

    Following a City staff presentation of these reevaluated issues Tuesday night, City Council members reconsidered their earlier action to refer the issue to voters, vacating it with a 7-2 vote. Council members then approved the resolution to move ahead with the retail broadband initiative.

    The City has invested $2.75 million during the past four years to study the feasibility of its broadband initiative, identify potential business models to provide municipal broadband and to secure a build-ready design for the network.

    Additional details and document archives are available at cityofloveland.org/Broadband, by email at broadband@cityofloveland.org or by telephone, 970-962-2010.