Broadband Project

Business Model & Partners
The business model and scope of services is defied by a four-tiered public-private partnership consisting of the following roles:
  1. A public sector Network Owner. This role is filled by Rio Blanco County.
  2. A private partner as Network Operator. This role is filled by Colorado Fiber. Community
  3. Private partners as Service Providers.
  4. Private partner Value Added Resellers (VAR or VARs).
For a more detailed description, read the Four Tiered Public, Private, Partnership.

Milestone Report - Broadband Project
Date Milestone
June 2014 Created a countywide broadband, cellular, and Emergency Services (ES) infrastructure and services plan
August 2014 Released an RFI for the above services
November 2014 Our countywide community, passed a SB05-152 override initiative
December 2014 Contracted Fiber to the Block (FTTB) engineering for Meeker and Rangely
January 2014 Contracted tower/wireless engineering across rural Rio Blanco County
March 2015 Received a DOLA Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance grant award match for “Rio Blanco County Broadband Infrastructure”
May 2015 Contracted Colorado.Fiber.Community as Rio Blanco's Network Operator to deliver broadband, cellular, and emergency services.
July 2015 Contracted Circle H Construction to build FTTB in Meeker and Rangely Purchased the old Kum and Go building in Rangely as our Rangely Co-Lo (Data Center)
August 2015 Received a DOLA Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance grant award match for “Rio Blanco County Tower/Wireless Infrastructure”
August 2015 Circle H Construction begins building the FTTB in Meeker and Rangely
 October 2015 Received DOLA Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance grant release of matching funds for the rural component of “Rio Blanco County Broadband Infrastructure”

Next Steps - Broadband Project
  1. Remodel the broadband data center in Rangely (Old Kum and Go Building).
  2. Contract for the electronics to light the fiber-optics in Meeker and Rangely.
  3. Work with Network Operator to identify and contract Middle Mile provider(s) and Local Service Provider(s)
  4. RFP for Tower/Wireless Construction
We intend to begin construction on rural RBC, in addition to Meeker and Rangely's FTTB, in 2016.