Estes Park EDC Meeting to Discuss Fast, Affordable Broadband for the Estes Valley

Adam Shake, Estes Park EDC – For the Trail Gazette

The Estes Park Economic Development Corporation (Estes Park EDC) invites you to attend a public meeting on Monday, March 5, 2018, to learn about the future of nationally competitive, fast, affordable, reliable broadband services in Estes Park. The meeting will be held from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the Town Hall Board Room, 170 MacGregor Avenue.

“Estes Park EDC supports the Town of Estes Park implementing a build-to-demand, phased approach for building a fiber optic network that can support robust broadband services, as well as enhanced communication services and allow the Town to implement electric power smart grid technologies” said Jon Nicholas, President/CEO of Estes Park EDC. 

The Town of Estes Park has researched and investigated the opportunities and challenges of offering broadband services in the existing Light & Power service area. The Town received a grant of nearly $1.4 million from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to fund the engineering work for a detailed plan to build a fiber optic broadband communications network in the Town’s Light & Power service area. The engineering work developed a shovel-ready engineering plan and cost estimate to provide one gigabit broadband service capacity for the Estes Park Light and Power service area, which includes the Estes Valley and extends from Glen Haven to Allenspark.

Three speakers will present at the meeting.  David Batey is the Chair of the Estes Park EDC Competitive Broadband Committee, and organized the effort that led to a 92 percent local vote in favor of restoring the Town’s right to directly or indirectly provide all telecommunications services including broadband within the Light and Power service area.  He will provide a brief summary of the history of the Estes Valley broadband initiative.

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About Mark Milliman

Mark Milliman is a Principal Consultant at Inphotonics Research driving the adoption and assisting local governments to plan, build, operate, and lease access open-access municipal broadband networks. Additionally, he works with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to increase the value of their intellectual capital through the creation of strategic product plans and execution of innovative marketing strategies. With more than 22 years of experience in the telecommunications industry that began at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Mark has built fiber, cable, and wireless networks around the world to deliver voice, video, and data services. His thorough knowledge of all aspects of service delivery from content creation to the design, operation, and management of the network is utilized by carriers and equipment manufacturers. Mark conceived and developed one of the industry's first multi-service provisioning platform and is multiple patent holder. He is active in the IEEE as a senior member. Mark received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
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