Centennial set to complete fiber-optic “backbone”

December 6, 2018 by  

Colorado passed a law in 2005 forbidding local governments from providing their residents or local businesses with telecommunications services. Centennial voters opted out of the law in 2013, and now the city is getting set to complete the “backbone” of its fiber-optic network.

At the time of the vote, Centennial had about 42 miles of fiber-optic lines as the beginning of a larger network. These lines were mostly used to operate traffic lights. Now, Centennial is almost finished adding another 50 miles of lines, which will finish the project. The city started its building of the fiber-optic network in 2014. Officials in situations like this could use flyer printing to keep residents informed of progress.

The Fiber Master Plan for the city reveals the total cost of finishing the project will be approximately $5.7 million. Once finished, public-safety institutions, residents, businesses, schools, and city facilities will all benefit from the improved services. The new technology is expected to increase internet speed for businesses and residents, and change the response of the city to traffic problems.

The fiber system was first installed in the middle of the city, and is now being expanded to the east and west. These “rings” should be finished soon, according to Stephanie Piko, Centennial’s mayor. Thus far, SEAKR Engineering and the Cherry Creek School District, have signed leases with the city as their internet service provider.