230,000 Colorado residents get improved broadband access

The Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG) has selected Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) and its partners to build a regional fiber network known as Project THOR, the company said.

Funded in part by grants from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and local government contributions, the network will connect approximately 400 miles of existing public and private fiber and has the potential to provide more than 230,000 residents access to more bandwidth at more competitive pricing.

Serving the region for 38 years, NWCCOG represents 28 jurisdictions in a five-county region of northwest Colorado covering 7,000 square miles. It provides the critical mass needed to take advantage of state and local programs.

Through Project THOR, NWCCOG is delivering abundant, reliable and lower cost broadband access to local Internet service providers, participating state and local governments, schools, libraries, and healthcare and public safety facilities through 10 landing points dispersed throughout the region.

The goals of Project THOR are to lower the costs of broadband access and improve the reliability of the network, which is currently prone to mass failures when a fiber line is cut.

Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG) is a voluntary association of county and municipal governments that believes in the benefits of working together on a regional basis. NWCCOG serves 28 member jurisdictions and five pay in partners in a five-county region of northwest Colorado.

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