Broadband in the City of Golden

Broadband in Golden

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Latest Update 9/10/2019 -

The Broadband Feasibility Study, conducted with Magellan Advisors, has completed. Details of the results have been discussed with the Citizen Taskforce and will be presented at the Golden City Council Study Session on September 19, 2019. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

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Broadband Internet has become one of the most essential tools to support economic and social vitality in our communities. Since the early 2000s, this evolution has created

More information to come... As we get new information it will be added to this page, so check back!

Latest Update 9/10/2019 -

The Broadband Feasibility Study, conducted with Magellan Advisors, has completed. Details of the results have been discussed with the Citizen Taskforce and will be presented at the Golden City Council Study Session on September 19, 2019. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

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Broadband Internet has become one of the most essential tools to support economic and social vitality in our communities. Since the early 2000s, this evolution has created a need for faster and more reliable broadband. Fiber-optic broadband, otherwise known as “fiber to the home,” or “FTTH” is the gold standard for broadband Internet today, providing the fastest and most reliable Internet in the US. Communities in which residents and businesses have affordable access to fiber exhibit positive economic and social impacts, with higher property values and increased business activity. In some of these communities, the local municipality has taken an active role in expanding access to fiber-based broadband.

City of Golden is exploring a number of strategies to ensure our citizens, businesses and community anchors have access to the Internet services they need at prices they can afford. Golden voters supported an important referendum in 2016 to overturn Colorado Senate Bill 05-152, the bill that prohibits local government from supporting either directly or indirectly the provision of Internet services to its community.

This override authorizes the City to investigate alternatives for enhancing Internet services in Golden. It doesn’t mean that the City will provide your Internet services, rather, it means that the City will evaluate a number of different strategies to ensure our community has the services it needs to thrive in the digital economy. Our evaluation will be based on the City’s 9 broadband objectives:

  1. Inclusivity - To provide the opportunity for high speed broadband service to all residents, businesses, schools, local government, non-profit organizations, healthcare service providers, and multi-tenant properties in our service area.
  2. High Speed – Requires up to 1 Gigabit symmetrical broadband connection for residential and up to 10 Gigabit symmetrical broadband connection for non-residential, with higher speeds for both service types available in the next five to seven years.
  3. Reliability – The service needs to be able to be depended upon as it will have many uses requiring high availability. Some examples are businesses – both storefront and home, residents, students, and healthcare professionals.
  4. Reasonable cost – The monthly charges for such service should be reasonable and affordable.
  5. Future Proofed – The proposed solutions should be viable for the next 10 years with a preference for solutions that can be utilized for longer time frames as a result of periodic upgrades.
  6. Economic Growth - Encourage economic development, business retention, new business start-ups, and entrepreneurs to locate and remain in Golden.
  7. Investment - Encourage the private sector to invest in new communications networks in Golden and to offer enhanced services for business development and job creation.
  8. Competition - Facilitate private sector competition and consumer choice by considering the availability of City assets, possibly in partnership with the private sector.
  9. Quality of Life - Enhance the quality of life in the community by facilitating Internet access in and around public places.

We want to hear from you! Let us know your questions and we will get back to you with an answer.

Q&A

  • I realize this isn't something that's just around the corner, but are there thoughts around what to do with people who have contracts for their current service if/when Golden starts providing a different service? Is it possible people will have to pay early termination fees or two bills for some period of time before their old contract runs out?

    speabody asked 8 months ago

    Any action that comes from this effort wouldn’t cause a resident or  business to have to have multiple internet services. The goal is to simply provide more connectivity options to everyone.


  • 1Gb seems excessive for most people's needs and way beyond current household requirements and even the foreseeable future. I can guess that people say they want really fast internet, but is there an actual need for that much bandwidth?

    speabody asked 8 months ago

    1GB is excessive for some households. Others would welcome the faster download speeds of such a service. Everyone’s situation will be unique and each household will ideally have the opportunity to examine the available options and select what works best for them.


  • Our house is too far from the central telco office to get anything but the slowest DSL (~ 1 Mb/sec). We don't have cable to our house. We are very happy with our AU Wireless radio service. They're responsive, affordable for the speeds we get (~50 Mb/sec), and local. Would working with a local co-op like them be one option being considered?

    nscollins asked 8 months ago

    All options are on the table. The goal is to identify the best way to expand access to broadband for all residents and businesses within Golden City limits.


  • There is an interesting conflict with density and broadband as follows. People who may want to telecommute and have high speed connections, and have potentially more disposable income live in the PUDs north and south of town. The older core while near Mines, has more rentals and is denser. So the central core would be easier to build out a broadband network, but will it be as well subscribed to? Will landlords provide it to their tenants? Will there be tiered rates so that people whose broadband costs more to install, pay more? Or will all the costs be spread evenly? I don't know that I have an opinion on this either way, but just hope that people in HOAs, apartments, and planned communities are not left out in access. Given our experience on trash hauling (really? yes), if we go all in, then we're all in, you have to get everyone in, with little ability to opt-out, to spread the costs. When we brought in single-hauler, we did not require it all places, and therefore did not get the benefit of reduced wear and tear, etc. Broadband needs to be broad to be successful.

    camerdb asked 8 months ago

    Thank you very much for your thoughts.  These are all good questions, and I will pass them on to the Broadband committee as they research the possibilities.


  • Jiles - I appreciate your leadership in evaluating alternatives to our internet service in Golden. I am a huge advocate and supporter of FTTH!! Do you have a schedule/plan detailing future activities associated with your evaluation? I am most interested in "What's next and when?". Also, if you need support or assistance from the Golden residents, please let me know how I can help. Thanks David Camille camilledj@yahoo.com 520 Cascade Dr. Golden, CO 80403

    camilledj asked 5 months ago

    Hi David. 

    Expanded broadband access is a very exciting topic! The Broadband Feasibility study is scheduled to wrap in early July and its details will be used to make next step decisions. It’s difficult to predict how long it will take to make decisions after we have the study results but as I know more I will post the details here.


  • What is the status of this plan? Have not heard updates for quite a while.

    cwachs asked 5 months ago

    The City is currently working with its partner, Magellan Advisors, to complete a Broadband Feasibility study. This study will provide guidance that the City can use to make decisions around future fiber connectivity builds and potential broadband expansion for residents and businesses.

    The study is scheduled to be completed in early July and the results of the study will help determine scheduling for future steps.