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.
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.
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.
- City of Loveland Internet Survey Report and Survey Results - A report and survey results from the second take-rate study for residents and businesses using a conjoint analysis method.
- Municipal Retail and Public-Public FTTP Utility Business Concept Plan - A document offering a high-level business plan for initiating and operating a Retail or Public-Public Partnership fiber-to-the-premise broadband utility within the City of Loveland. Financial modeling information for each option is also included with this plan.
- SWOT Analysis by Business Model - An assessment examining the risk/reward verses the increasing potential applied to the Strengths and Weaknesses, and then Opportunities and Threats for each business model.
- Executive Summaries for Public Private RFP Respondents - When soliciting proposals for a public-private partnership for high speed broadband, the City requested the respondents provide an executive summary of their proposal.
- Evaluation Analysis and Financial Modeling Information for Public-Private Partnership Business Model
- 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.
- 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
|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|
|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
Platte River Power Authority
Vice President of Information Technology
LUC Board member
McKee Medical Center
Chief Operating Officer
Medical Center of the Rockies
Director of Information Security
Loveland Downtown Partnership
Downtown Development Association
|Richard F. Toftness
Made In Loveland
Platte River Power Authority
|JD Walker (Alternate for TSD)
Thompson School District
Network Engineer II
|John Fogle, Mayor Pro Tem
|Kim O’Field, Technical Specialist
Loveland Water and Power
|Brieana Reed-Harmel, Sr. Electrical Engineer
Loveland Water and Power
|Tom Hacker, Public Information Officer
City of Loveland
- Calendar & timeline, Jan. 29, 2016
- Broadband Feasibility Analysis Update, Oct. 25, 2016 - An informational update the City Council on Loveland's broadband initiative
- City’s Request for Proposals for Broadband Assessment and Feasibility Analysis, Spring 2016
- Memo to City Council, Feb. 9, 2016 - Outlines information presented during a Study Session