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RidgeviewTel, StarNet Partner to Secure, Operate Longmont WiFi Network

By Amy Tierney, TMCnet Web Editor

RidgeviewTel, a communications company enabling broadband network technology, reportedly announced that the company in partnership with StarNet (News - Alert) LLC has secured the assets of the Longmont, Colo. wireless mesh network.
"We are excited and proud to be securing the future of this network and continuing to carry it forward with advanced technologies,” said Vince Jordan, CEO at RidgeviewTel (News - Alert)., in a statement. “The opportunity to serve our local area is very special. This town and our citizens need affordable Internet access and we are enhancing the current design and network strength to bring the dependable service they need. “Over the coming months, we'll continue to optimize this as a model network for municipalities across the country and will ensure Longmont's position as a technologically-advanced community.”
This WiFi (News - Alert) network is one of the largest mesh networks in the country, currently serving nearly 600 customers and supporting more than 2,000 devices, which access the network daily. Network upgrades and improvements have begun and plans are in progress to further enhance the network by deploying additional Tropos and WiMAX (News - Alert) equipment, allowing for significant increases in bandwidth availability to business and residential customers.
Longmont is the 13th most populous city in Colorado. Declared as an "All-America City" by the National Civic League in June 2006, the city has begun to grow rapidly in recent years. Reportedly, the city has been seeking to provide its businesses and residents advanced telecommunication services for the past 12 years. StarNet is said to have acquired the network for $122,000 from Boulder County in an auction on Nov. 12.
To augment the network with advanced technologies, RidgeviewTel is said to now maintain and operate the network under the RidgeviewTel brand using its propriety dBOSS platform. The dBOSS platform is said to consolidate network operations, engineering and customer service to enable access of the information simultaneously in real-time.
"It's a real success story that a local business stepped up to run this network," said Tom Roiniotis, director at Longmont Power and Communications. "It's a local company with a local presence to support the network and customer service."
"Tropos has seen the many benefits wireless broadband provides to communities around the world and it's great to see such benefits will now be continued for the residents and businesses of Longmont,” John Griebling, director of System Engineering, Tropos Networks (News - Alert), Inc., said “RidgeviewTel brings with them the needed experience in operations, management, maintenance and service to drive success in Longmont.”

Amy Tierney is a Web editor for TMCnet, covering business communications Her areas of focus include conferencing, SIP, Fax over IP, unified communications and telepresence. Amy also writes about education and healthcare technology, overseeing production of e-Newsletters on those topics as well as communications solutions and UC. To read more of Amy's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney