Loveland’s municipal broadband utility announced prices and other details of its residential plans on Thursday, roughly seven months after crews began laying the fiber optic cables that make up the backbone of its network.
Plans start at $44.95 a month for upload and download speeds of 30 megabits per second and rise to $74.95 for 1 gigabit per second speeds and $299.95 for 10 GBPS speeds.
A residential voice plan with unlimited local and long-distance calling will be available for $24.95 per month.
Pulse officials and Loveland city leaders livestreamed a remote launch event, at which many recalled the long road to the utility’s launch since council members first began discussing municipal broadband in 2013.
“If you think back a couple of years ago, today seemed a long way off, but in the blink of an eye, here we are,” Mayor Jacki Marsh said, going on to praise municipal fiber manager Brieana Reed-Harmel and Loveland Water and Power director Joe Bernosky for their roles in the project.
Ward III councilor John Fogle, who was one of the utility’s earliest advocates, also reflected on Pulse’s history and noted its focus on symmetrical service, meaning upload and download speeds have the potential to be equal.
“No provider in the state of Colorado offers that to residential homes for anywhere near the price you saw,” he said.
Most plans offered by Xfinity are asymmetrical, with download speeds greater than upload speeds. That means its plans cannot be compared exactly based on speed, but according to Xfinity’s website, in Loveland, a plan with a download speed of up to 100 MBPS and uploads up to 5 MBPS costs $34.99 a month, plans with downloads up to 1 GBPS and uploads up to 35 MBPS cost $84.99 per month, and a symmetrical 2 GBPS plan costs $299.95.
Comprehensive plan information for CenturyLink, another major provider, could not immediately be found on the company’s website.
Lindsey Johansen, Pulse’s fiber communications and marketing manager, said the utility expects to be available to all existing Loveland residences within three to four years. She said the utility is looking into options for offering television and finalizing its plans for businesses.
She encouraged residents to look for yellow door hangers that mean Pulse plans are available in their area.
The city has declined to share an existing map of Pulse’s planned rollout across the city, saying that where and when residents will be brought online is confidential information that could make the utility more vulnerable to aggressive marketing by other large providers.
Last week, Johansen said a small number of residents already have been connected for testing purposes, and that after Thursday’s announcement, those who had received door hangers would be able to sign up for service to be installed.
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