Join the 285 Broadband Initiative!

Only with your help can we bring fiber optic Internet to our beloved mountain homes. In addition to having fast, reliable, high quality internet, here are some additional advantages to participating now:

HERE'S WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU:

commit & agree to bring fiber optic to your home

Commit to fiber-optic internet service from SPT once it becomes available.

  • Sign a Commitment Form. We need at least 350 commitments out of 901 total lots.
  • Make a full payment of $500 or partial payment of $250 by November 15, 2020 with a final payment due upon receiving the grant. This $500 fee is all you will have to pay to bring fiber from the main route to your home. * Instructions for payment are included with the Commitment Form.
  • We are suggesting residents use the mail-in option to make commitments to avoid the Pay Pal fees when commiting online. However, either method works.
  • This is 100% refundable, if we are not awarded the grant or do not meet our commitment goal.
COMMITMENT FORM (Online) COMMITMENT FORM (Mail-in/Print)

The purpose of the Commitment and $500 payment is primarily to let our partner South Park Telephone (SPT) know that if they invest in the infrastructure, there are enough people who will sign up for their service. This is the fee to bring fiber from the main route to your home (referred to as the “last mile”). Considering that once the infrastructure is complete the last mile cost would be $2-3K, it is a great value.

Progress Goal: 350 commitments of 901 eligible lots

41%

submit letters of support

Letters of Support are highly recommended as part of the grant application, please personalize these letters by asking yourself “how will this project impact me (family)?” Please address the letters to the following and submit to Mr. David Shipley at dshipley@usch.com, Mr. Shipley will compile the letters and include in the application.
Mr. Brian Martin
Broadband Fund and Deployment Director
Broadband Fund | Broadband Deployment Board
1560 Broadway, Suite 1550
Denver, CO 80202
Sample Letters of Support: Here are some great examples of letters of support from successful projects.
SILVER HEELS BURLAND

speed Test

Over the next couple of months, South Park Telephone (SPT) is gathering information for the grant application and would like to include as much data as possible to substantiate a grant award for the project and will ask residents of the project area to conduct a speed test from their residence/business and document the results. SPT will distribute a template and speed test website to use for the testing, we encourage all project area residents to participate in the exercise so we may present a good sample in the application.