Guide for relocation to Steamboat Springs, CO

Broadband in the ‘Boat

Through the past decade, the Yampa Valley has experienced a surge in location-neutral employment, due, in large part, to the availability of high-quality broadband service, offering speeds in excess of 100 mbps. Several internet service providers operate in the Routt County, and through the collaborative efforts of Northwest Colorado Broadband, or NCB, community partners continue to work toward facilitating abundant, affordable and redundant broadband service for all area residents and businesses.

NCB is a non-profit corporation governed by a board of directors that includes designees from Routt County, the city of Steamboat Springs, Steamboat Springs School District, Yampa Valley Electric Association, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Yampa Valley Medical Center.

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Since 2014, NCB has aggregated the demand of city, county, school district and YVEA facilities at a carrier-neutral location, securing redundant and ample service at a significantly lower cost. 

In 2016, as a first step toward countywide service improvements, NCB entities will begin construction of a $2.2 million, 9-mile fiber optic trunk line spanning Steamboat Springs, with lateral connections to additional anchor institution facilities.

In addition to serving NCB needs, the project will provide open access to private providers, with the goal of increased competition and improved service and pricing to meet residential and business needs.

Funding for the project, scheduled for completion in summer 2017, includes a $749,000 grant to Routt County from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and contributions from NCB entities.      

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