Loveland Broadband Initiative

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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

Broadband Task Force Meeting
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
10:00 a.m. to Noon
Location still to be determined
City Council Study Session
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
6:30 p.m.
City Council Chambers located at 500 E. 3rd Street, Loveland


2017 Documents

  • Broadband Conjoint Take-Rate Study - A second take-rate study is being conducted using a conjoint analysis method, also called a trade-off study, to determine take rates of internet offer that vary by provider, download speed, and pricing.  There are links to the residential and business surveys in the menu bar to the left.
  • Community and Stakeholder Outreach Packet - In 2017, the City engaged with community members, businesses and stakeholders to learn about their Internet usage and interest in the City providing high-speed Internet. The report includes survey results and feedback received.
  • SWOT Analysis - An assessment that identifies the essential strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats the City could experience in deployment of a fiber to home broadband network.
  • Wireless Technologies and Potential Impact - Report offers staff's perspective of emerging wireless technology and how it could impact the long-term viability of fiber broadband.
  • Privacy and Security Information - Report addresses concerns about customer privacy and security of a broadband infrastructure - these are vitally important subjects for the City.
  • Broadband Case Studies - This report provides an overview of the municipalities that have engaged in the delivery of broadband Internet and other services in a manner similar to what the City of Loveland is
    considering in its feasibility study.
  • Take Rate Survey using Conjoint Analysis - Study outlines what users value across different speed and price points, as well as the brand equity major competitors bring to the exchange.
  • Economic Development Impact - Report looks at relationship between economic growth and access to high-speed Internet.
  • City's Request for Proposal for Partnership for Gigabit Speed Broadband, Summer 2017
  • City's Request for Information for Partnership for Gigabit Speed Broadband Internet, Spring 2017
  • Broadband Update, Feb. 28, 2017 - An update provided to City Council on Loveland's broadband initiative

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  
 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

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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