Special Projects

Spotlight_Small_InternetHigh-Speed Broadband Initiative

The Town of Firestone Board of Trustees has undertaken a High-Speed Broadband Initiative to explore options and opportunities to better connect our community with affordable and reliable internet access. Through this introductory step it is our intent to explore a range of alternatives available for promoting advanced broadband services to Firestone citizens, businesses and Town agencies.

There is no single solution to achieving our broadband objectives. There are no pre-determined conclusions. Nothing has been ruled in or out. In fact, thanks to Firestone voter’s overwhelming support of Ballot Question 1 in 2018, the community is now permitted to consider (without interference) “…a variety of options to serve the broadband needs of residents, including pursuit of business partnerships with private companies to increase the community’s access to broadband services.” 

The Town of Firestone Board of Trustees wants citizens to continue to be part of the broadband conversation. Once the community has been more fully engaged, we will be better positioned to identify objectives and solutions most suitable for Firestone.

Broadband Assessment and Feasibility Study

On December 12, 2019, the Town of Firestone issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Broadband Assessment and Feasibility Study.  Through this process, the Town seeks qualified consultant(s) to conduct an independent study to provide strategic guidance in the planning of high-speed broadband connectivity actions that can be implemented by the Town as cost‐effectively as possible.  

The scope of work for the study includes but is not limited to: residential and business needs assessments, market assessment, gap analysis, overview of broadband operating & ownership models and broadband strategy recommendations.

Completed Timeline for the Broadband Assessment and Feasibility Study Process:

Request for Proposal Available:
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Last Day for Questions:January 8, 2020 - 12:00 pm MST
Proposals Due:January 15, 2020 - 3:00 pm MST
Interviews & Presentations:January 2020
Anticipated Notice of Award:February 26, 2020
Conduct Study:February - July 2020
Final Report & Presentation to Board:August 12, 2020

August 12, 2020 - Broadband Study Final Report and Recommendations

On August 12, 2020 at a Regular Board of Trustees meeting, the Board was presented with the final Broadband Study Report and Recommendations.

The study intended to obtain resources and data which could aid the Board of Trustees in making informed decisions concerning high-speed internet delivery options and explore a range of alternatives available for promoting advanced broadband services to Firestone citizens, businesses and Town agencies.

Based on the survey and outreach data, the biggest issue facing Firestone is the lack of competition amongst broadband providers, including high cost and low customer service and inconsistent cell service. The Town of Firestone does not have an access problem; everyone who wants to purchase broadband services can do so.

Vantage Point Solutions provided, the following recommendations to the Board of Trustees:

  1. The Town should NOT move forward with a last-mile Fiber-To-The-Premises (FTTP) municipal broadband network.
  2. The Town should move forward with either issuing an RFP to the RFI bidders or directly entering into negotiations to establish a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for a FTTP network.
  3. If the Town does not establish a PPP that results in the Town’s middle-mile network needs being met, then the Town should consider expanding its own middle-mile network as needed.
  4. Finally, in addition, and independent of the network solutions, the Town should consider implementing one or more of the broadband policy solutions noted in this Report.

The Board of Trustees instructed staff to continue conversations seeking a Public-Private Partnership and review the recommendations with the Broadband consultant and be prepared to discuss with the Board at a later date.    

Documents, Resources & More Information

If you have further questions about this project, please email broadband@firestoneco.gov.