Colorado Springs Utilities to Build High-End Internet Services Infrastructure | News


Colorado Springs Utilities CEO Aram Benyamin (left), Brian Wortinger (center) and corporate director of fiber optics and telecommunications (center) and Jill Szuchmacher, executive vice president of Ting Internet, discuss the CSU’s fiber internet infrastructure project with elected officials and community leaders Friday.

Colorado Springs Utilities will launch a six-year, multi-million dollar project to build a city-wide fiber Internet infrastructure network, enabling Internet service providers to deliver faster and better connections to residents and consumers. companies.

The project, which will cost CSU between $ 45 million and $ 100 million annually, will make Colorado Springs one of the nation’s largest “gig-cities”, providing multi-gigabit fiber Internet service to all service customers. public. Fiber internet networks provide the fastest and most reliable internet services available today, according to CSU, compared to cable networks, which are currently what many parts of the city depend on.

This modernization of the city’s internet infrastructure will attract new businesses and ensure that all residents have access to fast and reliable internet, said Brian Wortinger, business manager of fiber optics and telecommunications for CSU. Other U.S. cities that have undertaken similar projects have seen billions of dollars in new economic investment and educational benefits, Wortinger said at a press conference on Friday announcing the project.

City Councilor Wayne Williams, a general representative, said the project would create more equity in Internet access for families without reliable services in Colorado Springs by providing modern services for every address in the city. It will also greatly benefit the business community, he said.

“A world-class fiber optic network on this scale will provide unique opportunities for residents and businesses once initial construction is complete,” said Williams. “It adds to our excellent reputation as a good business city. “

Colorado Springs Utilities will not provide Internet services, only the infrastructure to provide them, said Aram Benyamin, CEO. Instead, it has entered into a 25-year contract with a promising Internet service provider, Ting Internet, to lease part of the new fiber network as it is built, and will offer future leases to other Internet service providers, says Benyamin.

CSU’s contract with Ting Internet will enable faster development of the network, which will begin this year and is expected to be completed by 2028, Benyamin said. Wortinger said Ting’s lease and those of other internet service providers would offset the construction costs of the project and that no rate increases should be passed on to utility customers.

Ting Internet provides fiber-optic Internet services to more than a dozen other cities in the United States, including Centennial, said Jill Szuchmacher, executive vice president of the company. But Colorado Springs will be the company’s largest city yet, Szuchmacher said.

“This is a proven model that works in other communities,” she said. “We are doing what we do best, which is providing internet service, and the utility provides a really wonderful infrastructure platform that will do a lot for this community.”


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