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Longmont’s success leads to dozens of followers: When is ‘crazy fast’ internet coming to your town?

| Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2017 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/longmonts-success-leads-to-dozens-of-followers-when-is-crazy-fast-internet-coming-to-your-town/

WGBH Denver Channel 7 – July 24, 2017

Written by Jason Gruenauer

LONGMONT — It’s 40 times faster than broadband. It’s cheaper than the cable company. And it could be coming to a city near you.

“Crazy fast” and municipally-owned internet is already in Longmont.

“PC Magazine, in their June edition, rated Longmont, Colorado as having the fastest internet speeds in the country,” Longmont Power and Communications General Manager Tom Roiniotis said.

The city built an entire fiber grid network that now has the potential to connect every residence and business in the area to 1-gigabit internet speeds.

For comparison, the FCC considers anything that is 25 megabits per second or faster to be “high speed.” One gigabit per second is 40 times that. …

Over the last several years, 98 municipalities in Colorado have passed ballot measures opting out of SB 152 and allowing themselves to look into owned-and-operated internet service.

Where does your community stand on “crazy fast” internet? (Info courtesty of muninetworks.org)

http://public.tableau.com/views/SB152/Sheet1?:embed=y&:loadOrderID=0&:display_count=yes&publish=yes

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