Longmont, Colo., is a 'Gig City,' Mayor Proclaims

Reliable, affordable, high-speed, fiber-optic internet service is transforming the city.

by John Fryar, Daily Times-Call, Longmont, Colo. / July 12, 2017

(TNS) -- With construction of its fiber-optic internet cable system nearly complete, Longmont is Colorado's first "Gig City," Mayor Dennis Coombs said on Tuesday night.

Coombs formally proclaimed that designation during Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

According to the proclamation, the completion of NextLight will fulfill "a 21-year dream to provide Longmont with reliable, affordable, high-quality and high-speed, fiber-optic internet service."

The proclamation said Longmont "is the first city in Colorado to offer symmetrical gigabit broadband service with no data caps to residents and businesses throughout the city, unleashing their creativity and enterprise to the betterment of all," adding that "this network 'future-proofs' Longmont, creating a long-term engine for economic growth, community vitality, and educational advancement."

A number of Longmont Power and Communications customers whose homes are outside the city's boundaries have expressed disappointment about having recently learned that they're not on any definite schedules for getting the city's NextLight service extended to their unincorporated Boulder County neighborhoods.

That was not discussed at the council meeting.

Longmont Power and Communications spokesman Scott Rochat has said the city will be studying those areas outside Longmont's borders to set priorities and determine a plan for extending NextLight to specific neighborhoods.

Longmont Power and Communications General Manager Tom Roiniotis said on Tuesday night that the bulk of the system inside the city that's slated for construction is expected to be completed within the next few weeks.

Coombs said in the proclamation: "I invite all citizens and businesses to celebrate this landmark community achievement. Truly, the best internet in the country belongs in Longmont."

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