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?
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?
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
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?
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.
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.
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Golden, CO 80403
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.
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
The study is
scheduled to be completed in early July and the results of the study will help
for future steps.