Morning Brief: Longmont City Council Meeting Canceled for Tonight

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City Council chambers before the open forum on May 15, 2018 (Mark Ivins / Longmont Observer)

Tonight’s Longmont City Council meeting is canceled. The next city council meeting should take place on Tuesday, June 26.

For more information concerning city council meeting contact the City Clerk’s office by calling (303) 651-8649.

Community Night at Sandstone Ranch

The following is a press release by the City of Longmont and is published by the Longmont Observer as a public service. 

The Sandstone Ranch Visitors & Learning Center at 3001 Sandstone Drive offers special events, workshops and programs for the whole family throughout the summer. From 5:30 to 8 pm on Tuesday, June 19, enjoy the scenery, lawn games, and coloring table before the main event: acoustic Americana music by Flynn & the Electric Company beginning at 6:30 pm. This is a free outdoor event, weather permitting. Feel free to bring a sack dinner. No pets, and carpooling is encouraged. Visit bit.ly/ssrevents or call 303-651-8404 for more information.

Longmont Museum Summer Concerts Begin

The following is a press release from the City of Longmont and is published by the Longmont Observer as a public service. 

The free outdoor concert series at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, begins at 6:30 pm this Thursday night, June 21, with bluegrass band FY5. Lawn chairs and picnics are welcome, and alcohol and concessions will be for sale (only alcohol purchased on site is allowed). In the event of rain, concerts are held in the Museum’s Stewart Auditorium. Visit LongmontColorado.gov/museum for more information.

PC Magazine ranks NextLight fastest ISP in U.S.

“Who could beat Google at its own game? NextLight, that’s who.”

The following is a press release from the City of Longmont and is published by the Longmont Observer as a public service.

PC Magazine declared NextLight the fastest internet service provider in the country this morning, placing the community-owned internet provider at the top of its annual speed rankings.

The top spot had been held by Google Fiber in 2016 and 2017, which was knocked into second place this year by NextLight, Longmont’s fiber-optic network.

“Who could beat Google at its own game? NextLight, that’s who,” the magazine said in its 2018 ISP rankings. “There’s no denying small local players like this are the best hope we all have for seeing major gains in connectivity speed. … If you are choosing where to live in the U.S. based entirely on internet speed, consider buying or renting in Longmont.”

In 2017, PC Magazine ranked Longmont as the fastest city in the U.S., and gave NextLght
credit for it. In that year’s ranking, the magazine referred to local utilities such as NextLight as “the best hope we’ve got for mega-fast internet service in this country.”

The survey is based on speed tests submitted by visitors to the magazine’s website, located at www.pcmag.com/speedtest. A city or ISP must have received at least 100 tests to be included in the results.

“PC Magazine has confirmed what NextLight’s customers already know – that they enjoy a top-quality internet service that is the envy of the country,” General Manager Tom Roiniotis said. “We’re excited to see our community’s achievement recognized and celebrated.”

The success of NextLight was one of the initiatives promoted in Longmont’s All-America City Award application. Longmont is a finalist for the award, which will be decided this weekend in Denver at the National Civic League’s 2018 National Conference on Local Governance. Ten cities will be chosen.

NextLight transformed Longmont into Colorado’s first Gig City in 2017, offering gigabit uploads and downloads citywide without data caps or contracts. Under a referral program that began this year, NextLight residential customers get a free month of home service each time they refer a friend who signs up for NextLight. A similar program is in place for commercial customers.

 

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