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Carrier Perspectives: CenturyLink

posted Apr 17, 2014, 11:11 AM by Megan Chadwick Gernert - OIT   [ updated Apr 17, 2014, 11:57 AM ]
CenturyLink completes network upgrade in Lyons
Residents and businesses now have access to Internet download speeds up to 40 Mbps.  The fiber-based broadband network upgrade in the town of Lyons has been completed after the devastating Colorado floods occurred in September 2013.  With this upgrade, the majority of Lyons residential customers will experience 180 percent improvement in broadband speeds (on average) over what was available prior to the flooding, with maximum download speeds of up to 40 Megabits per second.  Additionally, businesses in Lyons are also able to order the fiber-based Internet and voice services from CenturyLink, as well as innovative cloud services.  

“This is a very exciting development for the town of Lyons. Continued economic development and growth are critical to our future in Lyons, and we are very pleased to have a community partner like CenturyLink to support our future with advanced broadband capabilities,” said Lyons Mayor Julie Van Domelen.  

CenturyLink announced its upgrade plans in November 2013, and Lyons residents are now able to order or upgrade their services with CenturyLink by contacting the CenturyLink retail store in Boulder at 303-442-2011.  “We’re proud to be part of the incredible recovery effort happening in Lyons,” said Scott Russell, CenturyLink vice president and general manager for Denver and Northern Colorado.  “Like Lyons and other communities that were impacted by the devastating floods, CenturyLink has also come back stronger than before, with fiber-based technology and faster broadband speeds than were available before the flooding occurred.”

Changes Coming to the Connect America Fund?
The FCC recently announced that it will consider a Report and Order, Declaratory Ruling, Order, Memorandum Opinion and Order, and Seventh Order on Reconsideration taking significant steps to continue the implementation of the landmark reforms adopted in the 2011 USF/ICC Transformation Order to modernize universal service for the 21st century.  An accompanying Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes measures to update and further implement the framework adopted by the Commission in 2011.

CenturyLink has been following the Connect America Fund proceeding very closely and have been encouraging folks throughout the state to become engaged in the efforts at the FCC to ensure that Colorado gets its fair share of the Broadband support being provided.  Colorado can benefit significantly if the FCC determines that additional money should be earmarked for the consumers throughout Colorado.  Tell the FCC that rural Colorado deserves to have broadband.  Be part of the solution for Colorado!