City officials discussed the possibility of bringing municipal broadband service, or citywide high speed internet to Loveland, at the City Council and staff retreat Saturday.
The structure of how the service would operate as well as whether it would be a city-owned and operated service or one developed by a public-private partnership, among other factors, will be part of future discussions on the topic.
Different types of broadband options include DSL (Digital Subscriber Line), cable modem, fiber, wireless and satellite, but the city is looking at a fiber platform to increase connectivity, which exceeds cable or DSL speeds.
Councilor Ralph Trenary said he has attended several state-wide meetings in the past four months where discussions took place about how important reliable and affordable broadband is to communities. Increasing community-owned broadband networks has also become a national focus of the federal government this year.