Ting Internet will be the initial anchor tenant on Colorado Springs Utilities’ not-for-profit city-wide fiber network.
Construction of the network will begin by the third quarter. The network is expected eventually to pass more than 200,000 addresses. During the early phases of infrastructure deployment, Ting says that it will focus on raising its profile and its presence with local enterprises and hiring local employees. The company expects to begin serving businesses and residents of Colorado Springs next year.
“We are honored to support Colorado Springs Utilities; we believe strongly in their vision of scaling local infrastructure, investing in the community and driving prosperity through digital transformation,” Ting Internet executive vice president Jill Szuchmacher said in a press release about the Ting Colorado Springs deal. “At Ting, we have several proven operational models that we use to deliver better, more reliable internet to the communities we operate in. A tenant lease on Colorado Springs Utilities’ network benefits all parties involved and provides our team with an excellent opportunity to scale our Colorado presence while focusing our resources on delivering a best-in-class service that delights our customers.”
The city’s agreement with Ting is not exclusive, the press release notes.
Ting is no stranger to working with municipalities or similar entities.
In early 2015 Ting said it would deploy infrastructure in Westminster, MD, which is about 35 miles from Baltimore and has a population of about 20,000. The city already had begun installing dark fiber and Ting agreed to use that fiber to support broadband services for homes and businesses.
In June of the next year, Holly Springs, NC said that its Holly Glen, Braxton Village, Holly Pointe and other neighborhoods would receive Ting technology capable of 1 Gbps service.
In April 2018, Ting said that it would deploy infrastructure in Fuguay-Varnia, NC, which is a neighbor of Holly Springs. The press release said that construction will be faster because of the ability to “leverage the existing Holly Springs operation.”