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A Google subsidiary wants to bring its fiber-based internet service to Colorado Springs next year if the company can strike a deal with Colorado Springs Utilities to lease its planned network.

Google Fiber, owned by Google’s parent company Alphabetwould become the second tenant in Utilities’ planned 2,000-mile network, which is expected to start this summer and be available to its first residential customers early next year. ting internet became the first tenant when it signed a 25-year lease late last year, allowing utilities to accelerate construction from 15 years to six years and helping to offset some of the annual construction costs up to $100 million.

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“We think the people there (Colorado Springs) have a strong demand for super-fast broadband service. We think that’s an environment where our service will be well received,” said Mark Strama, CEO of the expansion of Google Fiber. “We want affordable high-speed Internet to be widely available, and we believe people will respond well to our offering. Colorado Springs Utilities has accelerated the availability of high-speed Internet through this investment.”

Brian Wortinger, fiber and telecommunications business manager at Utilities, said “several” internet service providers are interested in leasing part of the network, but he declined to say how many or how many. identify. He expects leases from vendors like Ting and Google to offset a “significant part”, if not completely, of the cost of building the network. Utilities plans to solicit bids later this week from contractors who would build the network.

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“We hope to reach an agreement with all interested parties” wishing to provide Internet service on the Utilities network, Wortinger said. “We will evaluate each to see what serves the best interest of the customers. We would be happy to have as many as possible with one (lease) because it reduces the cost of construction. The cost of construction of the network is substantial, but the cost of adding fiber for each tenant is much less.”

Utilities has operated an in-house fiber network for 30 years and is expanding that network to help it monitor and better deliver water and power to its customers. The city-owned operation has signed leases with Ting and other internet service providers to help pay construction costs and make high-speed internet service available to residential and business customers across the city.

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Google Fiber has provided fiber-based Internet service in 12 cities in nine states since launching service in Kansas City, Missouri, and Provo, Utah a decade ago. The internet unit expanded to nine more cities in four years before slowing its expansion in 2016, and earlier this year added Des Moines, Iowa — its first new market in six years. The company also provides high-speed wireless Internet service to office buildings and apartment complexes in Denver and eight other cities in six states.

The company began considering expansion about a year ago after spending five years focusing on operations in the first 11 cities, Strama said. About a year ago, Google Fiber began researching potential expansion sites, including Colorado Springs. He said the company plans to hire “dozens of people” in Colorado Springs to handle installation, repair, sales, service and other roles for local customers.

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Based in Texas Infrastructure highlighted is building fiber optic networks in Colorado Springs and Fountain that will deliver download and upload speeds of up to 100 gigabits per second. The company hopes to connect its first customer in Colorado Springs in early May and begin construction of the Fountain network next week. Underline’s Colorado Springs system would be in direct competition with Colorado Springs Utilities.

Google Fiber charges $70 per month for 1 gigabit per second download and upload service and $100 per month for 2 gigabit per second service with no additional monthly charge for a modem. Enterprise rates are $100 for 1 gigabit per second service and $250 for 2 gigabit per second service. This fee is slightly lower than existing internet providers for a similar service, but $5 more than the cost of the Underline service.

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“By bringing competition into the market, customers will get better prices and faster (internet) speeds. This applies not only to our customers, but also to the customers of our competitors who will also get better prices and faster speeds. faster,” Strama said.

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