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Longmont’s NextLight fastest Internet service in U.S.

Posted on: Aug 27 15

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Running at average download speed of 245.5 megabits per second

By Karen Antonacci Staff Writer, Longmont Times Call

POSTED:   05/11/2015 06:49:39 PM MDT | UPDATED:   4 MONTHS AGO
Longmont Power & Communications’ NextLight Internet service is the fastest in the country, according to speed testing company Ookla.

Ookla, based in Seattle, owns, and has previously licensed its Internet testing technology to the Federal Communications Commission when the FCC wanted to build its own application.

In late April, NextLight was listed as the third-fastest in the United States, behind Google Fiberand Washington-based iFiber Communications. While the rankings may change due to companies’ varying speeds, as of press time Monday, NextLight was in the number one slot.

LPC is currently installing NextLight infrastructure throughout the city and hooking up customers in portions of the city. NextLight is the fiber-optic-powered Internet service the city is selling alongside other competitors like Comcast and CenturyLink.

The venture is funded from a $40.3 million bond the city issued in 2014, which will be paid back by ratepayers over time.

Because NextLight uses fiber-optic cable to transmit data, users could theoretically download and upload data at a rate of 1,000 megabits per second (or one gigabit), although that varies based on hardware and other factors.

According to Ookla, NextLight was running at an average download speed of 245.5 megabits per second, beating out Google Fiber in second place, which averaged 235.59 megabits per second. iFiber Communications was bumped down to third place with 222.99 megabits per second. Ookla listed the country’s average download speed as 23.2 megabits per second while Colorado overall averaged 41.9 megabits per second.

Scott Rochat, spokesman for LPC, said that NextLight should be able to maintain its speed even as the infrastructure is built out around the city and more users are added.

“As we build the system to reach more people, we also build the system to accommodate more people,” Rochat wrote in an email response.

Additionally, Rochat added that the speeds that a NextLight customer can get out of the service depends on why type of equipment, such as an Ethernet card, cable or wireless router, they use.

“We give them a big pipe, but the size of the ‘faucet’ that a customer attaches to that pipe makes a difference,” Rochat wrote. “As people get more and more savvy about what sorts of gear work best with a gigabit connection, their speeds and our average speed should go up.”

Karen Antonacci: 303-684-5226, or


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