Mountain Village launches Fiber to the Home project

Words by Kathrine Warren / Business Development, Communications

The Town of Mountain Village is pleased to announce the official launch of its Fiber to the Home project which is slated to deliver ultra-high-speed 1-gigabit internet to every property in Mountain Village by the end of 2020. 

At its July meeting, the Mountain Village Town Council voted unanimously to hire Lightworks Fiber & Consulting to install the fiber optic cables, and last week a contract was officially executed. 

“We’re very excited to be launching construction of this major upgrade to our broadband network infrastructure, which will allow us to offer improved internet services to every home and business in Mountain Village,” said Mayor Laila Benitez.

Town of Mountain Village Chief Technology Officer Jim Soukup explains that current internet systems in Mountain Village were originally intended only to deliver cable television to properties. 

“When the internet came along, cable providers learned how to deliver that over their existing networks,” Soukup said. “The current system we have was good in its day, but it’s become dated. We’re now putting the infrastructure in that’s specifically designed to give us a fast service. This is a monumental upgrade that we’re doing.” 

Fiber networks are much simpler in design and function, making it easier to troubleshoot connection issues and, “easier to deliver the high-speed internet experience we all want,” Soukup said. 

The construction of the fiber network will be completed in two phases. Phase one construction began July 29 and is expected to finish by the middle of October. Once this initial construction work is complete, customers living in the Boulders Prospect Plaza Shop Area will have the option to begin testing different fiber internet boxes in exchange for free internet. 

The construction of the fiber network will be completed in two phases. Phase one construction began July 29 and is expected to finish by the middle of October. During this time, crews will begin installing the new fiber network underground in certain parts of Mountain Village.

To view a map of where this will happen, please see our phase one map. Additionally, during this phase, the Boulders Prospect Plaza Shop Area (along Boulders Way in the Meadows) will be the beta test site.

Once this initial construction work is complete, the customer in the beta area will have the option to begin testing different fiber internet boxes in exchange for free internet.

Customers who live within the beta test site have already been contacted by the town, but those interested in learning more can email [email protected]. To view a map of the beta test area, please visit townofmountainvillage.com/fiber. Periodic updates of the project’s progress will be posted to this site as well.

The second phase is planned to begin spring of 2020 as construction and installation will be rolled out through the entire town of Mountain Village. When fiber is installed to each premise, cable modem internet service will be removed, and other services, such as phone and TV will connect to the new internet box and remain active.

Once the fiber is installed, current Town of Mountain Village phone and TV customers will automatically be migrated to the new fiber network.

“Town Council has heard from residents and businesses, both large and small, that reliable and fast connectivity is an indispensable need,” Benitez said.

To learn more about the fiber project and to sign up for the updates on the fiber construction project, please visit townofmountainvillage.com/fiber.