A new option for communications in business is coming to Windsor.
Dark Comm, a fiber optic cable company, met with the Windsor Town Board last Monday night to discuss its proposal to use town right-of-ways and easements to bury its cable.
"We've negotiated a 20-year lease with this company," said Windsor Town Attorney Ian McCargar. "Their cable's not going to be generally available, but rather will be targeted to specific customers."
The fiber optic lines are designed to carry larger bandwidths, and the appeal would be to large companies needing to move more data, according to Dark Comm representative Jon Jacobs.
"We'll put the cable in the ground and lease it," Jacobs said.
"According to our agreement with the town, the town will get six strands of fiber for their own use."
The installation is low impact to residents, and everything would be underground, Jacobs said.
"There is no real downside to this agreement," McCargar said.
"The lease is revocable at any time by us, and there are also terms that allow for termination of the agreement for cause."
The bonuses are that the town will have the opportunity to make use of a highly effective communications setup without cost to or monitoring required by the town, he said.
One entity in the town that may be interested in taking advantage of the new fiber optic cables could be the Windsor School District.
"Colorado school districts lag behind the nation in connectivity, especially compared to the east coast," said Trevor Timmons, the district's technology director.
Currently, the district is in the early stages of discussing increased connectivity speeds through a partnership with EAGLE-Net, a firm that would lease the fiber optic cable and Dark Comm would install.
"They (EAGLE-Net) got a national broadband grant award to connect all the districts in the state," Timmons said. "We've been eyeing them for awhile."
The problem, Timmons said, has always been connecting to the fiber optic lines that run along Interstate 25.
"If we were to try and bring the lines into Windsor, the cost would be very prohibitive," Timmons said. "However, EAGLE-Net is going to deal with the buildout costs, and getting from I-25 into Windsor is now possible."
Increasing connection speeds is a very real demand for the school district, according to Timmons. read more http://www.cnfiberoptics.com