In 2013, Centennial voters overwhelmingly supported the City's intention to create a new fiber broadband infrastructure for the City.
In December 2016, the implementation of the first phase of the City's $5.7 million Fiber Master Plan began. This initial phase is being built underground and centrally, in the City, in conduit facilities, known as Phase 1A&1B. View a map reflecting 1A &1B and where the fiber will be deployed in this first phase. Additional phases will follow and be built over the next 18 to 24 months until ultimately the fiber backbone is deployed City-wide.
In October, Ting Internet announced their plans to consider bringing high-speed internet to Centennial as their next market for their “crazy fast Internet” fiber based service available to homes and businesses. The City expects this “exploration phase” from Ting, which includes assessing demand for their services, to be complete in early 2017. The decision of where Ting would invest and build to offer internet services is entirely theirs. To let Ting know you are interested in their service by pre-ordering, visit ting.com/centennial.
As the City constructs its fiber backbone and continues to develop partnership opportunities, City Council has created a Fiber Commission to oversee Centennial FiberWorks, a program to implement the City’s fiber backbone. This backbone will connect and complete the City’s underground infrastructure, connecting to key City sites and other community anchor institutions. This backbone will enable both existing and new broadband providers to tie into the new infrastructure with the goal of providing better and more competitive choices and services for consumers.
History of the fiber optic infrastructure initiative
In November 2013, the City of Centennial secured voter approval to indirectly provide cable television service, telecommunication service, and high speed internet access to citizens and businesses and to enter into partnerships with others in the direct provision of one or more of such services. City Council then created a Fiber Steering Subcommittee comprised of City Council Members. The Subcommittee evaluated potential costs and benefits of extending a backbone of fiber optic infrastructure for municipal and public safety purposes and for use by residents, businesses, and public institutions. The Steering Subcommittee concluded significant benefits could be derived by the construction of a fiber backbone network located within designated rights of ways. In March 2016, City Council committed $5.7 million for the City’s Fiber Master Plan to complete this fiber network for the benefit of the community.
News from the City's fiber initiative: