Front Range Internet unveils 10-gigabit fiber network in Northern Colorado

FORT COLLINS — Front Range Internet Inc., a Northern Colorado Internet and commercial data services provider on Tuesday announced completion of a 10-gigabit  fiber-optic network upgrade, enabling it to offer increased speed and more reliable connectivity to commercial and government clients in Fort Collins, Loveland, Estes Park and surrounding areas.

FRII has operated a 1-gigabit network since 2002 but recently has made investments in technology, including a $2.3 million data center that was completed early this year.

The network’s fiber ring uses the existing underground cable of Platte River Power Authority “along with some laterals we’ve added ourselves,” said Garry Myall, the company’s chief information officer. FRII also boasts redundant fiber connections to ensure consistent connectivity.

“We feel that leading in the business of Internet speed and reliability is simply a part of doing business,” Myall said. “If a company wants 1 gig up and 1 gig down, they can have it. If someone came to me and said they wanted a 5-gig connection, they could have it. All that matters to a user is speed and reliability.”

One customer in Estes Park already has signed up for higher-speed service through the upgraded network, Myall said.

FRII’s announcement comes at a time when providers like CenturyLink and Comcast have also announced major upgrades to their services to both business and residential customers in the region.