As residents and business owners in Breck, we’ve been living with slower internet speeds and unreliable service for broadband communications and WiFi. So here’s some news worth celebrating. Our town is investing in a fiber infrastructure that will enhance broadband service as soon as it is in place, and ensure that our digital communications, global connectivity, and community technology are future-fit. Beyond cable and DSL, fiber is definitively the best choice for speed, reliability, and longterm sustainability. It will positively impact our local lifestyle, our ability to recruit and retain employees, and compete as a tourist destination. We are building Fiber9600 not just to catch up, but to confidently leap light years ahead.
As the world continues to become more connected, access to the internet is becoming an essential utility. Hundreds of communities across the U.S. have chosen to offer this service to their community, each with a different model to fit the needs of the community. Fiber is often regarded as the best option among communication connections. Optical fiber uses light instead of electricity to carry a signal. It is unique because it can carry high bandwidth signals over long distances without degradation.
Fiber is far more reliable, easier to maintain, and has significant longevity. A fiber network is flexible and robust to handle future technology changes than any other current network. Key drivers for broadband utility success are making a positive impact in economic and community development, to increase competition in the marketplace that ideally lower customer pricing, and to have the fiber-optic network and business structure be community owned and benefited.
Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) is the delivery of a communications signal over optical fiber from the operator’s switching equipment all the way to a home or business, thereby replacing existing copper infrastructure such as telephone wires and coaxial cable. Fiber-to-the-home is a relatively new and fast-growing growing method of providing vastly higher bandwidth to consumers, and thereby enabling more faster access to content, high-speed internet, and voice services.
Those who have lived in Town for any length of time are well aware of the internet and connectivity issues experienced in Breckenridge. During the peak season, businesses struggle to complete transactions, students have a difficult time submitting their homework, cell service is reduced, and simply streaming a movie can become difficult. You may think you're receiving a certain speed, but residents find that they're rarely reaching their promised internet speeds. With only a few options, residents struggle with customer service issues, long term contracts, and pricing options.
We believe that when more than one or two providers are available in a marketplace, there is a substantial positive impact to consumers regarding cost and quality of services provided. We are confident that building Fiber9600 and partnering with ALLO Communications will give residents and businesses of Breckenridge the opportunity to have competitive pricing, higher speeds, and great customer service. This is about stimulating competition in Town for our citizens, and providing access to an important utility. We see an opportunity to use Fiber9600 to better address the critical communication needs of the community. It’s an important need that for-profit companies have not stepped up to meet; if we don’t do it, it’s not going to get done.
Like roads and water, the Town's role is to create and support essential infrastructure for our community. We see internet service as one of these essentials. By owning the network, the Town of Breckenridge is investing in a way that better positions ourselves for the future, like previous land banking and procuring water rights. The infrastructure reinvests back into the Town of Breckenridge and allows us to control our internet destiny.
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