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The History of Longmont Power & Communications

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Public Electricity

On March 7, 1912, The City of Longmont received the right to provide electric power to its residents and businesses. From its initial moment of service, the utility was clearly filling a need. Within 24 hours, approximately 125 new connections were established. Within a week, that number increased to almost 600 connections.

More than 100 years later, Longmont's electric utility, now known as Longmont Power & Communications, has maintained its focus on responding to the community's unique needs and interests. The utility has provided local control and ownership, lower rates, strong reliability and focused customer service.

Longmont Power & Communications is committed to continuing to provide these benefits in the future, and looks forward to its next century of service.

Read our full history here

Video: A Century of Service to the Community

Public Broadband

In 1997, the City of Longmont laid the foundation for its own fiber-optic broadband network, creating a roughly 17-mile backbone loop with the assistance of Platte River Power Authority. Originally installed to assist with electric substation monitoring, it was also used to connect city phones and computers, monitor water and waste water systems, and facilitate enhanced communications for emergency services. Since the incremental cost of adding more fibers was low, additional fibers were placed in the backbone so that the loop could eventually serve as the core of a citywide internet service.

The City first attempted a public-private partnership with Adesta in 2000 to build the network. But Adesta declared bankruptcy in 2001, a period when many high-tech companies were closing their doors to the “bursting of the tech bubble.” And then, in 2005, the Colorado Legislature passed Senate Bill 152, restricting the City's ability to provide telecommunications services to the community. However, in a 2011 city-wide election, Longmont voters approved a measure that negated the 2005 legislation and reinstated the City's right to offer broadband services. A follow-up election in 2013 then saw voters approve funding for the full development of the City’s fiber-optic broadband network.

Construction on the project, soon named “NextLight™,” began in August 2014 and its first customers eagerly signed up in the following November. Through NextLight, Longmont is becoming Colorado’s first gigabit city, with ultra-high-speed 100% fiber-optic service available to every home and business in the community.

Click to see our broadband history timeline

Visit the Broadband Service page to learn about our fiber optic network, construction progress, and project milestones, and more.

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