23 Apr City Studies their Fiber Optic Network as they Look toward the Future
In 2003, a privately-owned fiber optic network was constructed in Fort Morgan, Colorado to provide Internet service to the city of Fort Morgan, Morgan County, and the Fort Morgan school district. However, over the last few years, several additions and modifications have been made to the fiber network without documentation, leaving city engineers unsure of exactly what the current infrastructure entails.
The city determined that before they could utilize their network effectively and make expansions to it, a study was needed to map out the fiber network and all existing infrastructure. This way, they could identify and update their current data pertaining to configurations, connection points, splicing, and incorporated devices.
“We have all of the responsibility to take care of all of the fiber for the benefit of everybody that’s using it,” said City Manager Jeff Wells. “This study was part of trying to figure out what are we going to do in the future with it.”
The Fort Morgan City Council recently approved spending up to $40,000 on this study of the city’s fiber optic network infrastructure. The city has decided to employ Magellan Advisors’ team in Denver, a company that specializes in broadband and telecommunications planning, for their bid of $32,500. The rest of the budget for the study ($7,500) will be used to resolve any issues from the study and to upgrade services when possible.
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