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UPDATE:  City Council acts on broadband

Loveland City Council members on Tuesday, Feb. 6, authorized on first reading a series of measures that allow the City’s broadband initiative to move forward.

Council members first voted to accept the recommendation of the City’s ad hoc Broadband Task Force, a group of nine community volunteers who studied for two years the City’s broadband prospects. The group in December 2017 unanimously recommended that the City pursue the offering of high-speed, fiber-optic internet service to every home and business in Loveland, applying criteria set by City Council members in late 2015.

The Task Force recommended either a retail model, with the City owning and operating a broadband network independently, or offering the service in partnership with another public entity. However, the group also recommended that no efforts preclude future partnerships with public or private entities.

Specifically, the City Council on Tuesday took these actions:

  • Voting 8-1, with Councilor Dave Clark dissenting, to accept the Broadband Task Force recommendations.
  • Voting 8-1, Councilor Clark dissenting, to appropriate $2.5 million from the Electric Enterprise Unrestricted Fund to pay for a build-ready design and cost estimate for a fiber-optic network in the City, and for professional services related to the broadband initiative.
  • Voting 5-4, Councilors Clark, Don Overcash, Jeremy Jersvig and Steve Olson dissenting, to expand the scope of the City’s electric utility in establishing the Loveland Electric and Communication Enterprise.
  • Voting 7-2, Councilors Clark and Olson dissenting, to establish the Loveland Communication Advisory Board, a volunteer board charged with advising the City Council on broadband issues.

For additional detail on the information provided to City Council for their consideration, click here. The broadband topic appears as item 5.1 on the agenda.

Council members will consider the four measures on second reading at their regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the Civic Center’s City Council Chamber, 500 E. Third St.

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Since 2015, the City of Loveland has been exploring the options of providing high-speed Internet throughout the Loveland area. City staff is currently gathering information and research for City Council to make a decision on the initiative.

 

Top Things to Know

  • In a 2015 election, 82 percent of Loveland voters said "yes" to overriding a State law banning local governments from providing telecommunication services, such as high-speed Internet. Other Colorado communities have gone through similar votes.
  • The vote allowed the City to explore making high-speed Internet available throughout the Loveland area, independently or in partnership, and without raising taxes. City Council will make the final decision on whether to provide this service, and what model to use if so.
  • Ultra-fast Internet service, with speeds greater than 1 gigabit per second, would be delivered through a citywide fiber-optic network.
  • If the City were to provide this service, the Internet system would need to inclusive, fast, reliable and affordable.
  • Currently, City staff members are gathering information and research that will allow Council to make their decision.

See the full project timeline

 

Upcoming Events

Feb. 20:  City Council meeting

Consideration of three measures, on second reading, to enable broadband progress.

All Council meetings are held at 500 E. Third St. and streamed live at https://loveland.viebit.com.

 

2017 Documents

Broadband Community Task Force

Loveland’s broadband exploration is being undertaken by a group of community members. The Broadband Task Force meets the first Thursday of each month from 10am to Noon. The locations for these meeting vary but the agendas are posted by the City Clerk with location information for each meeting.

Task Force Meeting Minutes

2017

 June 1, 2017  July 6, 2017   Aug. 3, 2017  Oct. 5, 2017 Dec. 6, 2017 
 Feb. 2, 2017  Mar. 2, 2017  April 6, 2017   May 4, 2017   

2016

 June 2, 2016  July 7, 2016  Aug. 4, 2016  Sept. 1, 2016
 Oct. 6, 2016  Nov. 3, 2016  Dec. 1, 2016  

 

Task Force Members

Mindy McCloughan - Chair
Loveland Chamber of Commerce
President and CEO 
Dr. Matt Kuhn
Thompson School District
Executive Director
Jason Frisbie
Platte River Power Authority
General Manager
Paul Langfield
McWhinney
Vice President of Information Technology
Dave Kavanagh
LUC Board member
Managing Partner
KavaCom Consulting
Julie Klein
McKee Medical Center
Chief Operating Officer
Fernando Pedroza
Medical Center of the Rockies
Director of Information Security
Doug Rutledge
Loveland Downtown Partnership
Downtown Development Association
Richard F. Toftness
Made In Loveland
Joe Wilson
Platte River Power Authority
General Counsel
JD Walker (Alternate for TSD)
Thompson School District
Network Engineer II
 

Project Contacts

John Fogle, Mayor Pro Tem
E-mail: John.Fogle@CityofLoveland.org 
Phone: 970-679-7649
Kim O’Field, Technical Specialist 
Loveland Water and Power 
Email: Kim.OField@CityofLoveland.org 
Phone: 970-962-3365
Brieana Reed-Harmel, Sr. Electrical Engineer 
Loveland Water and Power
Email: Brieana.Reed-Harmel@CityofLoveland.org 
Phone: 970-962-3592
Tom Hacker, Public Information Officer 
City of Loveland 
Email: Tom.Hacker@CityofLoveland.org 
Phone: 970-962-2302

 

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