StratusIQ, the largest local provider of fiber Internet service in El Paso County, announces their next fiber Internet expansion to the homes of Latigo Trails and Black Forest Reserve, following two separate grants awarded by the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) Broadband Fund. The Broadband Fund exists to connect communities and fuel economic growth in under-served areas across Colorado. StratusIQ was awarded these grants based on a variety of factors. Those factors include adherence to minimum requirements, cost-effectiveness, and impact on the community. “Federal and State broadband maps do not tell the whole story. Many residents in El Paso County know their Internet service does not meet the Federal definition of Broadband,” said Curt Ambroso, Controller at StratusIQ. StratusIQ created separate applications for both Black Forest Reserve and Latigo Trails. This is the first time the DORA Broadband Fund has approved grant funds to be used in El Paso County.
“We are pleased with the opportunity to bring Gigabit speed fiber Internet to these under-served residents,” said Ben Kley, President of StratusIQ. Kley continued, “Building on our successful expansion to High Forest Ranch in 2019, Latigo Trails and Black Forest Reserve will be the latest communities to join our Gig fiber network.” Along with local customer service, StratusIQ focuses on value, quality, and reliability with its fiber network. StratusIQ provides Internet service, digital telephone and full-featured TV service over a Fiber-to-the-Home infrastructure.
Who Benefits from the DORA Broadband Grants?
There are businesses and community groups as well that will benefit from the fiber expansion. In the center of the Latigo Trails development is a premier equestrian and event facility home to the Pikes Peak Range Riders Foundation and Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding. The event center holds national equestrian events and is surrounded by additional related businesses. “Having true broadband internet service will enable the community to support our mission by allowing participants to live broadcast and interact socially in real-time prior to, during and after events at our celebrated facility.” Stated Rob Harrison, General Manager of the Latigo Trails Heritage Centre.
Additional fiber expansion projects that StratusIQ has underway include Enchanted Springs Apartments, Enclaves at Mountain Vista, Renaissance at Indigo Ranch, The District at Victory Ridge, Paint Brush Hills, Banning Lewis Ranch and Patriot Park developments.
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